Richmond’s homicide count jumped from 41 to 61 from 2015 to 2016, and this year has kept pace with last year. Six killings in the East End in the first four months of the year, all in Mosby Court – along with a number of non-fatal shootings also in Mosby – give the impression that area is hotter that usual. Wanting to put numbers to perception, I reached out to James Mercante of the Richmond Police Department Public Affairs office, and asked for a count of shootings for Sectors 111 & 113 for 2012-present. The East End of Richmond is in the First Police Precinct, and is split into Sector 111 and Sector 113. Sector 111 encompasses the area south of Carrington Street/Nine Mile and over to Fulton. Sector 113 is more geographically compact, but includes Mosby Court, Whitcomb Court, Fairfield Court, and Creighton Court. We are 35% of the way through 2017, and it looks like Sectors 111 and 113 are having wildly divergent years:
- Sector 113 is on pace for 86 shootings, which would match the combined total of 2015 + 2016.
- Sector 113 has almost already matched 2014 for the number of shootings.
- Sector 111, meanwhile, is on pace for only 6 shootings – a 65% reduction from last year, and the lowest count in at least the last 6 years.