Neighbors on edge after teen shot multiple times during home invasion

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A teenager is fighting for his life in the hospital Wednesday after he was shot multiple times during a home invasion.

Richmond Police said at 12:30 a.m. they received a call about a home invasion and one person shot. They arrived to a home on the 2300 block of Afton Avenue and found a teen victim who had been shot several times.

The victim was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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Police said the victim told officers that two men with handguns who were wearing dark clothing, masks, and gloves tried to force their way into the home and shot him.

While police continue to search for the two suspects, a neighbor told 8News she thinks she knows who’s responsible for the violence in her neighborhood: Gangs.

“Hillside (Court) gangs, Fairfield (Court) gangs, Creighton Court gangs .. They’re everywhere,” said Davonna Huery, who recently moved to the area with her husband and two children.

“I’m scared. I’m not going to lie.”

She admitted that she’s scared to leave her home and rushes when she walks to a nearby store. She said her husband wishes she would wait until he gets home from work.

“He’ll be scared and I’m like, ‘babe, I’m good.’ I need stuff for my house, I need stuff for my kids,” Huery said. “I’ll be scared, I’m not going to lie.”

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While she’s not surprised to hear of another violent incident in her neighborhood, she says it must end.

“I can’t believe this is what’s going on the in the world; everyone’s getting shot,” she said. “This is 2017. Why is everyone dying? People need to chill out and put the guns away. Lord.”

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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