RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Richmond are pleading for the community’s help as they investigate a triple shooting in Mosby Court that resulted in three people, including two teenagers, being rushed to the hospital early Wednesday morning.
Since then, the two teenagers have died.
The male victim was Taliek K. Brown, 15, of the 400 block of East Brookland Park Boulevard. He died Thursday afternoon after being removed from life-support.
Mikkaisha D. Smoot, of the 2100 block of Deforrest Street, died Friday around 1 p.m. She was 16-years-old.
Authorities said that they received the call about random gunfire at about 1:21 a.m. Thursday morning on Accommodation Street near Coalter Street. Police said at least 15 gunshots were heard.
When officers arrived, they found three gunshot victims — a teenage boy and girl and an adult woman. All three were rushed to VCU Medical Center.
Police said the adult female is expected to recover.
“In any incident where children are involved, it is especially critical to us to provide closure to the families.” — RPD Chief Alfred Durham
“Two of Richmond’s teenagers were struck down, and a third person was injured, during an early morning shooting today – and in any incident where children are involved, it is especially critical to us to provide closure to the families,” RPD Chief Alfred Durham said Wednesday afternoon.
“The Department is working to not only solve this and every case of violent crime in our neighborhoods, but we are working diligently on many fronts to reduce the violence before it happens. We have patrol officers, Focus Mission Team units and the Intervention and Prevention units working around the clock to prevent crime – but we need the public to come forward and provide information before violence breaks out,” Durham said.
In the meantime, Richmond Police are trying to maintain a visible presence in the community, bringing in consistent patrols and the Mobile Command Center.
Lieutenant Michael Alston, an officer who works in the neighborhood, spoke with 8News about the importance of community members partnering with police to prevent these sorts of crimes from happening.
“What we’re looking at is two juveniles that were out at night at 1:21 in the morning. Surely that’s something we have to look at,” Alston said. “All it takes is a simple phone call to the police to say, ‘hey, we have two juveniles out this time of night.’ We could come out and take a look at that and maybe that would have prevented this situation from happening.”
Richmond Public School released a statement Friday regarding their two students:
We are deeply saddened about the tragic incident involving two of our high school students. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends during this very difficult time. On behalf of the school board and our entire school division, we express our sincerest condolences and sympathy to everyone who has been impacted by this unfortunate loss. Please rest assured that the safety and well-being of our students remains paramount in our school division. We will continue to provide grief support and counseling for as long as needed.
In an effort to respect the privacy of the families and to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation, Richmond Public Schools will not release any further details regarding this situation. We respectfully request that all media inquiries be directed to the Richmond Police Department.
Alston works in Sector Six, which includes Mosby Court.
He said that in this neighborhood alone, there have been six homicides so far this year.
Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Joe Fultz at (804) 646-3929 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. 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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