Suspect in custody after man critically injured in shooting near VCU

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police in Richmond are investigating a shooting near VCU’s Monroe Park campus that left one man fighting for his life in the hospital.

Shortly after 4 p.m., officers were called to the intersection of Belvidere and Cary streets for reports of a person shot. When they arrived, they found one male victim suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound who was transported to VCU Medical Center.

Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham told 8News the shooting appears to have stemmed from an altercation that occurred inside a barber shop. He believes the shooting took place outside on the sidewalk.

Durham added that shortly after the incident occurred, VCU police apprehended one person two blocks away who matched the description of the suspect. That suspect is currently being interviewed by investigators.

Just after 4 p.m. VCU students received an alert saying there was a police emergency on Franklin Street, but no mention of the shooting that happened on Belvidere.

That has some students concerned.

“I want to be able to know if something happens all the time, which is kind of hard to expect out of the law enforcement,” VCU student Kakim Fung said.

Students told 8News even with Tuesday’s incident, they feel VCU Police are doing a good job keeping them safe.

“There might be that one time that we might not get alerted in a timely manner but I feel like for the most part they are going a good job,” Fung said. “Hopefully any concerns about that one time about not getting alerted in a timely manner will get addressed.”

At 5:20 Tuesday evening the VCU alerts website did post an advisory about the shooting.

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