RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police are investigating a home invasion that occurred in Richmond Tuesday morning.
Authorities said at approximately 6:25 a.m., a resident of a home in the 4200 block of Grove Avenue heard glass break. As the resident checked the home, an unknown male was discovered inside. When encountering each other, the suspect fired shots at the resident. The resident was able to get away unharmed and call police.
“In my 23 years of living in Richmond I’ve never heard of a situation like that happening in this area,” said neighbor Campbell Henkel.
Henkel says he was on his way home from the gym when he saw investigators outside but he says he had no idea his neighbor had been shot at.
“That’s a pretty alarming, pretty serious situation,” said Henkel.
“Well it’s scary but I’m not totally surprised,” said resident Mary Buford Guthridge.
Guthridge says the neighborhood is no stranger to crime. In fact there have been a dozen burglaries in the neighborhood this year.
Detectives believe the initial motive was burglary.
Police say the area is popular with joggers and a well-travelled corridor in the morning hours and detectives ask anyone who saw suspicious activity or this suspect to call detectives with the information. Any homeowner or business owner with surveillance equipment in the area is also asked to call detectives so the video from this morning can be reviewed.
Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Margaret Smith at (804) 646-0744 or Major Crimes Detective Sergeant Claude Picard at (804) 646-4060.
Citizens can contact Crime Stoppers by calling 780-1000, online at www.7801000.com or by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “ITip” followed by your tip.
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