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Murder on 30th Street (UPDATE)

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Richmond Police received a call at 12:31AM this morning for shots fired in the 1200 block of North 30th Street. First Precinct officers patrolling the neighborhood arrived at the scene within seconds of the call and found a male with a gunshot wound on the porch of a residence. The male did not live at this residence.

The victim, who is in his early 20s, was taken to VCU Medical Center, where he later died.

This is the 7th killing in the East End in 2012, 4 of which have come this month. This is the the 33rd killing for Richmond, and the 9th in September.

UPDATE 9/29 10:07PM

Richmond Police has made an arrest and identified the victim of this morning’s fatal shooting as Shaquan Dominique Mealey, 22, of the 1500 block of North 20th Street. Hours later, Richmond Police arrested Gerard Anthony Harvell, 36, of the 1100 block of Autumn Lake Court in Virginia Beach in connection with this morning’s homicide. Harvell is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and is being held in the Richmond City Jail without bond.

Richmond Police credits the quick response of the responding First Precinct officers and the work throughout the day of Major Crimes detectives for the arrest in this case. The investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with additional information to assist in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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