What is with all the shootings in Richmond? The last two days have been absolutely crazy for me. We’ll start with what looked like a shootout on Broad Street. Police say a man charged them with a knife and they opened fire. I have to tell you the bullets were everywhere and in every direction. I counted 5 bullet holes in three different store fronts on BOTH sides of the street. This suspect must have been running all around. And then I find out this morning that the suspect’s fiance was found dead in her home and he’s now being investigated for murder. (never saw that one coming) Our morning reporter Jola took over the reigns of this story this morning because I got moved to another jaw dropping crime.
Police say a VCU student caught a man breaking into a car and shot him. The VCU student is now charged with second degree murder. You wouldn’t believe the number of calls and emails I’ve gotten today about this story. Everyone has an opinion. And what is so difficult with this story is police are not telling us much of anything. And then the witnesses are giving very different accounts. I have to say, in a case like this it would be really REALLY helpful if police would open up a little.
I do know this. Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring says the law is very clear. You can not use lethal force in Virginia when protecting property. You CAN use lethal force if you perceive a threat to yourself or another person. You can also use lethal force when someone breaks into your home. It is clear, the police and Commonwealth Attorney must not think this is a case of self defense. Herring went as far to say that it was a case of “over reaction”. I have a feeling we’ll be following this one for a while and we won’t know the outcome until it’s before a jury.
Whoo… Can we please have a quiet Friday?