UPDATE 5:43 PM
From the RPD:
August 27, 2016
Bethel Street Homicide
Gunshots rang out in Whitcomb Court just before midnight this morning, injuring two people. Shortly after the shooting, one of those victims died.
At approximately 11:51 p.m. last night, officers responded to the 2300 block of Bethel Street for reports of shots fired and persons shot. They arrived to find two adult victims, one male and one female, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
Both victims were taken to a local hospital where the male victim later succumbed to his injuries. The female victim is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A large group of people were present at the scene when officers arrived. Investigation revealed a party was happening in the area.
“An altercation took place between some of the people present then gunshots sounded and struck the victims,” said Lt. Jason Hudson with the Major Crimes Division. “We’re asking the community to help us identify anyone who may have been involved in this incident.”
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Michael Gouldman at 804 646-3915 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.
Submit tips to GUN250 about persons in possession of illegally-held guns by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. All the Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
This marks the 9th homicide in the East End in 2016, and the 38th for Richmond.
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The shooting occurred just before midnight in the 2300 block of Bethel Street. When police arrived, they found one male and one female victim suffering from gunshot wounds. The male victim was transported to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The female victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.