Father, 7-year-old son injured during drive-by shooting in Richmond’s East End

RICHMOND, Va, (WRIC) — Richmond Police are investigating after a man and a child were shot during an apparent drive-by shooting in Richmond’s East End.

The shooting happened at a bus stop in the 1500 block of N 22nd Street.

Detectives believe the suspects were driving a silver-colored, newer model Hyundai Sante Fe with New York license plates.

Police tell 8News the child — who appeared to have been shot in the chest — and his father both are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

“Another child. An innocent victim,” a visibly emotional Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said. “Just sitting at a bus stop and someone decides to ride by and fire rounds off.”

Neighbors tell 8News they heard at least five shots fired back-to-back.

The suspect vehicle is described as a silver-colored, newer model Hyundai Sante Fe, with New York tags.

Police say the out-of-state tags could be a misleading clue.

“We don’t know at this point, but if it’s an out-of-state tag these are local individuals going to rental companies and renting these cars.”

Chief Durham said at some point a message must be sent to the community that this violence will not be tolerated.

“We are making the arrests. I want that record to be clear. The police officers are making the arrests out here,” he said. “But after we’re done with that, the next stage is the criminal justice system with the courts and the prosecution, and we have to talk about that.”

Chief Durham also said he’s meeting with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Friday to talk about Project Exile — the strict gun sentencing law that was implemented in the 1990s.

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