By Kiet Q. Vo
This holiday morning, Richmond Police announced 4 people were subject to a shooting while dining at a restaurant/bar named Wing Bar, located in the Shockoe Bottom area. The victims include two women, a man, and now deceased Kenneth Lawson, a 37-year-old father of five.
According to witnesses, the shooter was an earlier patron of Wing Bar’s who left the business and returned later with a firearm. A security guard attempted to check him for weapons before the shooter brandished the gun, shot the guard, and fired rounds into the restaurant. Officials believe that this shooting was prompted by an earlier altercation in the restaurant.
At this time, police have not released any information about the shooter. The shooting took place at an estimated 12:50am on Dec. 25th.
Two of the victims were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, while the fourth victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Officials pronounced Lawson dead at the scene.
Gloria Henderson, Kenneth Lawson’s grieving mother, has this to say about the shooting: “Before y’all take someone’s life they do have a family that has to grieve over this…turn yourself in, turn yourself in.”
Lawson is leaving behind a wife, four kids, and a three-year-old granddaughter this holiday morning.
As of now, Wing Bar’s ABC license has also been suspended following the shooting.
If you have any information that could assist with the investigation, please do not hesitate to contact Richmond Police. We as a community must strive to make our Richmond a safer space for everybody, including diners who just want to spend their holiday morning at a restaurant without fear of a shooting.