‘It’s getting a bit frustrating’: Shockoe Bottom shooting the latest in a string of violence

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Shortly after the news surfaced of Sunday’s early-morning shoot in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said he was on the phone with Mayor Levar Stoney.

Chief Durham told him he understands that he’s starting to sound like a broken record, but wants to assure the public that his department is doing everything it can to try and prevent violence from happening in the city.

Shortly before 3 a.m., police were called to Shockoe Bottom near the 17th Street Farmers Market for a reported shooting. They found three people who had been shot; two of whom were OK, but 26-year-old Robert Turner was pronounced dead at the hospital.

“We have numerous witnesses who have come forward and we’re trying to put the pieces together to the puzzle,” Durham said.

Sunday’s shooting is the latest in a string of shooting deaths in the city in the past few weeks. Three of the victims have been teens.

It’s getting a tad bit frustrating now, every single week there’s something senseless like that that happens,” Mayor Stoney said.

Mayor Stoney says a big part of the problem is guns.

“We just gotta find ways to ensure that these sort of firearms aren’t getting in the hands of the wrong people,” Mayor Stoney said.

Meanwhile, Chief Durham said they’ve been working with the school system for years to keep track of students who have had problems in school and in the community during the summer months.

“So many of our young people that are involved in criminal activity, when we see so many of our young children possessing firearms,” Chief Durham said. “That should not be the case.”

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