RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) — Richmond Police are investigating the shooting of a 31-year-old father of six. The man was fatally shot on a sidewalk near Gilpin Court. The incident happened near St. Paul and Charity Street. The victim’s family says police didn’t do all they could to help keep the man alive.
“My cousin was lying on the ground. He was breathing and his eyes were open. The first responding officers, it was a Caucasian officer and a Black officer. They said they were not letting paramedics under that yellow tape until everybody moved back from the tape,” said Shantell Williams.
The victim’s family says he was on his way to pick up his kids after work Friday night.
“They let him die. They let me sit there and watch my cousin sit there and die” — victim’s cousin, Shantell Williams
“Nobody moved back so they did not let paramedics come through,” said Shantell Williams.
Police say they received a call 7:23 p.m. Upon arrival, they say they found the man down and unresponsive. According to a press release issued by the department, the Richmond Ambulance Authority pronounced the victim dead at the scene, but the victim’s family and other witnesses have a differing story.
“They let him die. They let me sit there and watch my cousin sit there and die,” said Shantell Williams.
“They just had him lying there. They never checked for a pulse. They never did CPR or anything to try to help this man,” said T’ Shawnday Jones. “When the paramedics arrived, they sat at the corner. They did not get out the ambulance or anything,” said Shantell Williams.
“We may very well, based on what we are seeing, limit one medic to come into the scene to assess the person and let them pronounce the victim if it’s that obvious” — Captain Gary Ladin, RPD
Richmond Police say paramedics are always given immediate access to victims.
“If an ambulance shows up and a fire truck shows up and there is ten folks on the two of those squads, we may very well, based on what we are seeing, limit one medic to come into the scene to assess the person and let them pronounce the victim if it’s that obvious,” said Captain Gary Ladin.
Police say they are not required to conduct CPR and are not authorized to pronounce a victim dead.