RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police Detectives have identified the victim in Wednesday night’s Fulton neighborhood shooting as Marc E. Johnson, 48, of the 5600 block of Simpson Avenue in Richmond.
At approximately 11:04 p.m., officers were called to the 5300 block of Blue Ridge Avenue for the report of “random gunfire.” Officers arrived and found Johnson on the sidewalk. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.
One neighbor who did not want to be identified told 8News he believes Johnson may have been gunned down over a gambling dispute.
“Looked like somebody was stealing from somebody else,” he said. “I heard somebody say ‘I didn’t do it, I didn’t do it’ right before he was shot like five times. Somebody grabbed the gunman and said, ‘what are you doing?’ He said, ‘I don’t give a (expletive),’ he shot three more times and then they took off down the street. Scared everybody who was gambling to the opposite way, they came back around to get their cars.”
Kendra Claiborne, a cousin of the victim, said Johnson was a jokester, but also a caring person.
“I’m fighting heart disease and he was one of the ones to check on me regardless of what the situation was as far as my health, but that’s one of my family members, I love him and he’s greatly going to be missed from everybody because he was a joker,” she said. “He liked everything, everything funny. That’s all, he didn’t deserve this.”
The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.
Detectives are working leads in this investigation but ask anyone with information about this incident to call Major Crimes Detective Michael Gouldman at (804) 646-3915 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.
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