3 juveniles sought after woman shot inside RPS building

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police are searching for three juvenile suspects after a woman was shot inside a Richmond Public Schools building Monday afternoon. Officials tell 8News the victim was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Monday’s incident, which drew a large police presence that shut down a part of Richmond’s northside, took place inside the Norrell Elementary School Annex located at 201 W. Graham Road. Police say three juveniles forced their way into the building shortly before 5:30 p.m. and shot one person.

When 8News first arrived on scene, nearly two dozen police officers had responded and were evacuating residents in the area along W. Graham Road. Police called it an ‘active shooter situation’ because it was reported that the suspects were possibly still on scene when officers arrived.

Three others who were inside the building when the shooting occurred were not injured.

Police on Tuesday said they recovered a red backpack from the scene and provided the following descriptions of the three suspects, who were last seen running southbound in the alley between Miller and Greenwood Avenues.

  • Suspect 1: Black male with a dark complexion, short hair and no facial hair. He is approximately 5’2”, and in his early-to-mid teens. He was wearing a red bandana covering his face from his eyes to his chin, blue jeans, and a short sleeve shirt.
  • Suspect 2: Black male with a dark complexion, short hair and no facial hair. He is approximately 5’6”, and in his early-to-mid teens. He was wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt.
  • Suspect 3: Black male in his early-to-mid teens.

“There are witnesses to this incident, there are three individuals, black male juveniles that came in the school one was dressed in black with a red bandana covering his face,” Durham said on Monday.

Photos of the backpack recovered by police.

Richmond Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden also responded to the scene. He explained that Norrell Elementary School is no longer used for educational purposes; it now serves as an administrative and food services building.

Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden (left) and Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham (right)

“This is only an administrative office building and has been for several years,” Bedden said. “There was at no time any threat to students in this building, and of course we want our staff to be safe also.”

Neighbors in the area report seeing a hectic crime scene.

“I figured it was a shooting, but usually they are much further back towards Highland Park area and when it’s that many police and ambulances and fire trucks, you know something major has happened,” Scott Myers said.

Some residents say they police asked them to leave their homes, others right across the street from the crime scene say they were told to stay inside with doors locked.

“The only thing that I saw when I pulled up in the back yard is just police barricading the neighborhood, so when I walked around the corner the people that lived on that side they said they had to leave the houses,” Demetria Scone recalled.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call Major Crimes Detective M. Smith at (804) 646-0744 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000, online at www.7801000.com or by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “ITip” followed by your tip. Submit tips about persons in possession of illegally-held guns by using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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