RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Police Department has identified the victims of Sunday morning’s double homicide as Oscar W. Lewis II and Deonte Bullock, both of Richmond.
At approximately 1:16 a.m., officers patrolling in the area heard gunfire. When they arrived to the 1700 block of East Main Street they located Lewis and Bullock suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds. 25-year-old Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene. Bullock, 29, was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries Sunday afternoon.
The shooting is just another in a list of recent homicides in the area, and businesses are seeing the impact.
The Pizza Place restaurant sits on the corner of East Main Street and 18th Street in Shockoe Bottom. So the crime scene was right outside their front door.
An employee told 8News when he first heard the gunshots, he wasn’t shocked.
“Half of my customers walk in with a gun on their waist,” Antonio Chater said. “There’s a shooting that happens maybe one every two or three months.”
Antonio Chater is often working the late night shift when customers come in from the clubs on Main Street, Saturday night was no different.
“One gunshot went off and I kind of paid it no mind, I kind of waited to see what was going to happen,” Chatter said. “Then two or three went off then it was five or six.”
He said he then went to go get the keys to lock the front door.
“That’s when the rest of the gunshots went off and everybody in the store had either ran to the back of my room or got under the table,” Chater said. “So I was like, I’m not going to go and lock the door, I just hid myself for a minute or two until the shooting stopped.”
Chater said he could see the victims from his store window and he knows this latest tragedy is just adding on to dangerous reputation this part of town is getting.
“Daytime down here is more family oriented with the farmers market and the festivals that go down. But with the shootings I feel like it’s deterring people from coming down here,” Chater said.
He said he doesn’t know what the solution to the violence is but he does believe the police are doing everything they can.
“I think it’s got to start from the homes to people like people being raised the way they are being raised,” Chater said. “If you don’t have a reason to be carrying a gun you should have a gun.”
Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective P. Mansfield at (804) 646-6996 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.
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