Family wants answers after woman fatally shot during attempted break-in

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A manhunt is underway for the person who shot and killed a 57-year-old woman during an apparent attempted robbery Sunday morning.

Police say they were called to a robbery in progress shortly after 6 a.m. in the 3100 block of Cliff Avenue in the city’s Brookland Park neighborhood. When officers arrived, they found 57-year-old Karon E. Williams suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

e1ba993b319342f48c0a054d9076b994Police were told that after a family member heard several loud noises coming from the back door, Williams went to investigate.

As Williams’ cousin, Lowery Baltrip, was placing a call to 911 …

“She says, ‘Lowery, I’m bleeding,'” Baltrip told 8News. “I asked, ‘what to do you mean you are bleeding? She said, ‘I’m bleeding.’ I said, ‘sit down, I’m coming.”

Williams was lying in her bed, bleeding from the stomach. She had been struck by a bullet that flew in through her bedroom window.


Williams was transported to VCU Medical Center where she later died.

“This was a senseless act. An innocent woman was taken from her family for no reason,” Detective Joseph Fultz said. “We need the community’s help to bring closure to Ms. Williams’ family and get this dangerous individual off of the street. Any tip, any information, anyone who saw or heard anything can help lead us to a suspect.”

9fa123939bec49f3ab4332775b8ccb8aBaltrip, who lived with Williams for several years, called her cousin a loving mother and grandmother. She leaves behind a son, grandson, mother and three sisters.

“I ask anyone out there, if you know who did this and you know Karon as I know her, please help the police find them,” Baltrip added. “Let them know who it is. Get them off the street before they do it again.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Joseph Fultz at (804) 646-3929 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at Submit tips to GUN250 about persons illegally possessing guns by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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