‘What does life mean now?’ East End residents shaken after drive-by shooting

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The horror of violence still hands over the neighborhood where a father and his 7-year-old son were shot while waiting for a bus. Police believe it was a drive-by shooting.

The shooting happened at a bus stop in the 1500 block of N 22nd Street. The suspect vehicle is described as a silver-colored, newer model Hyundai Sante Fe, with New York tags.

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

Meanwhile, area say they’re shaken up by the shooting. May say they’ve spent their entire lives in the neighborhood.

Thursday’s shooting adds to the rise in violence in the neighborhood, and residents say they want help from city leaders to keep incidents like this from continuing to happen.

“I was like, ‘oh my God,’ and then a girlfriend of mine was like, ‘oh my God, Naomi. I think it’s your people. Two down,” Church Hill resident Naomi Moore recalled.

The victims, who were shot at a bus stop along N. 20th Street, were both relatives of Moore’s.

“I don’t know whether it’s the weather, I don’t know if people have beef with each other, or what the case may be or what the problem is, but they need to stop it,” Moore said.

James ‘Bubba’ Woods has called the neighborhood his home for nearly 50 years. He says he’s seen a spike in crime over that time.

“What is life? What does life mean now?” Woods said.

Some neighbors were too scared to speak out in fear of retaliation. Residents like Moore and Woods say they’re speaking out in hopes of inspiring change.

“I’d like the community to come together, as people, and step up to the plate,” Moore said.

Both want city officials to listen to their concerns related to violence in Richmond, and anticipate justice for the father and son involved.

“Whoever did this, please be man enough to turn yourself because, you know, a child was involved you know and it’s nonsense,” Moore added.

Relatives say the father was released from the hospital, but his son is still at VCU recovering.

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