2 children killed, 2 adults injured in shooting outside convenience store in Richmond, Va.
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT/Gray News) - Two children, ages 9 and 14, are dead and two adults injured after a shooting in Richmond, Virginia.
Police responded to a reported shooting outside of the OMG Convenience Store at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, WWBT reported.
Officers found two boys, ages 9 and 14, and two adult men at the scene with life-threatening injuries. All four victims were taken to the hospital, where the children died.
The family of the 14-year-old identified the boy as Rahquan Logan.
The Richmond NAACP and other community leaders gathered with Rahquan’s family outside the convenience store Saturday evening.
The group asked the community to step up and look out for each other again. They also asked Richmond Police to step up their presence in the area and be more proactive.
The family says in the coming days they will be holding a vigil for Rahquan.
The family and neighbors near Nine Mile Road who saw the aftermath of the shooting are asking whoever did it to turn themselves in.
“I don’t think it was a gun. It sounded like a rifle because it was that fast and loud,” said Woody Blaky, who lives nearby. “You know a gun ain’t that loud even a .45, you know?”
Blaky said he was watching TV when he heard the gunshots and ran outside to see what was going on.
“I saw the cars pull off and kids getting in the car and leaving. Two other guys were on the ground shot up,” Blaky said.
Other parents who live in the area say they’re holding their kids extra tight.
“It breaks my heart. That’s why I keep my kids in the house,” said Ashley Wine, who lives nearby. “I don’t really let my kids out and play with the other kids or run around like other moms do and just don’t care about where your kids are at night. It’s just heartbreaking.”
Wine says she was shot at just down the street from the convenience store a few months ago. Since then she was able to move, but after hearing what happened Friday night she’s thinking about living even farther away.
“I’m very scared, like I said this is not the first time I’ve heard about something like this happening in this area, so yeah it’s about time for us to move,” Wine said.
Blaky, who is the grandfather of a 13-year-old, says that could have been his family grieving and that this cannot be a neighborhood effort to stop gun violence but a citywide one.
“It makes me feel really bad even if it’s not my grandkids, you know, because it happens at stores, schools, parties, playgrounds, graveyards, everywhere,” Blaky said. “You know, you could go out there and bury somebody and somebody be coming out there shooting up.”
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