Richmond: apartment complex searched following fatal shooting

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RICHMOND (BCN)

Police evacuated residents and searched for a gunman at an apartment complex after a man was fatally shot in Richmond this morning, a police lieutenant said.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m. police received multiple calls reporting shots fired at a multi-building apartment complex in the 3200 block of Pullman Avenue, Richmond police Lt. Shawn Pickett said.

Upon arrival, emergency crews located a man in his 30s who had been hit by gunfire. He was in critical condition and despite the life-saving efforts made by paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Pickett.

Police were alerted to a suspect who had reportedly fled into one of the apartments in the complex.

A SWAT team evacuated residents of about eight units and made entry into the apartments to search for the suspect, police said.

The residents and witnesses were escorted to a community center located nearby while police investigated the homicide and searched the vicinity.

It took the SWAT team about an hour to secure the apartment complex and to allow residents to return to their homes. The area directly surrounding the homicide remained cordoned off this morning, Pickett said.

The suspect had not been located as of about 5 a.m., police said.

He is described as a black man between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing at the time of the shooting. Police have not recovered a weapon.

The identity of the victim is being withheld until his family has been notified of the death, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Richmond police at (510) 233-1214.

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