Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

5th person arrested in fatal Belt Atlantic shooting

Other twin charged in attack that left 2 dead, 3 injured in South Side


Richmond police announced Friday that a fifth suspect has been arrested in last week’s shooting of five people, including a mother and infant who were killed, in the Belt Atlantic Apartments off Midlothian Turnpike.

With assistance from the

U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force and the FBI, police arrested Kevon Bynum, 18, without incident Thursday night and charged him with conspiracy to commit murder. His twin brother, Kavon Bynum, was arrested Tuesday night on a similar charge.

Hours after the April 27 shooting, patrol officers arrested Donald Hemmings, 22, of Chesterfie­ld County; and two Richmond men, Shyheem Martin, 23, and Shamondric­k Perry, 19. They also are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Sharnez Hill, 30, whom everyone knew as “Shy-Shy,” and her daughter, Neziah Hill, were fatally shot as they were outside enjoying a beautiful evening at Belt Atlantic Apartments, formerly known as Midlothian Village.

A 29-year-old woman, a 15-year-old girl and an 11-yearold girl were also injured when a group of gunmen opened fire in the courtyard outside the apartments around 6:30 p.m.; police said all five victims were bystanders, not intended targets.

“The rapid arrests for these outrageous violent crimes is testament to the focused, dedicated and selfless coordinate­d work by these law enforcemen­t profession­als,” said Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith in a statement.

“Members of the public provided important informatio­n and the media shared the story of these fugitives, which allowed our coordinate­d team of patrol officers, precinct detectives, our Special Investigat­ions investigat­ors, detectives and supervisor­s from Major crimes and the valuable assistance of the U.S. Marshals and FBI to be successful.”

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Kevon Bynum

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