Just over 5 months in and here is perhaps the oddity of the year so far: no one has been shot to death in the East End in 2014 .
Only 1 of the 19 killings in Richmond so far in 2014 has come in the East End, when 44-year-old Ronnie S. Cook stabbed his mother to death in early January.
Lt.Blackwell’s most recent Sector 113 report says that violent crime in that sector is down 50% from last year, listing 30 incidents through the end of April (compared to 60 through April in 2013). Sector 113 is the area north of Carrington Street and Nine Mile Road, and includes Mosby, Fairfield, Creighton, and Whitcomb Courts, and saw 8 of the 10 murders in the East End last year.
Last year at this time there had been 5 killings in the East End. There were 10 killings total in the East End in 2013, in 8 of which the victims were shot to death.
Like this year, 2012 also seen only 1 homicide through the end of May. The final count was 9, 8 of which were shootings.
The only other year to see as few as 9 killings in the area was 2009, which saw 7 killings through June 2 but only 2 the rest of the year. Like 2012, 8 of the 9 killings were shootings.