Richmond Times-Dispatch

Police looking at whether girl’s death, self-inflicted wounding are linked

- BY TAMICA JEAN-CHARLES TJean-Charles@timesdispa­

Richmond police are investigat­ing whether there may be a connection between the fatal shooting of a teenage girl and the shooting of a man that apparently was self-inflicted.

The victims were found on Sunday less than 2 miles from each other on South Side.

At 1:37 p.m. on Sunday, officers responded to the 500 block of Labrook Drive, located west of German School Road and north of Midlothian Turnpike, for a report of a person down.

When officers arrived, they found the teenage girl inside a home. She had an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Less than three hours earlier, at 11:17 a.m., officers answered a report of a parked car at a stoplight at the intersecti­on of Carnation Street and Midlothian Turnpike. There, officers found an unresponsi­ve man suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authoritie­s said.

The man’s injuries were life-threatenin­g, and he was immediatel­y taken to a hospital.

“At this time, the Major Crimes division’s detectives are investigat­ing to determine if these two incidents are related,” police said in a news release. “The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.”

Anyone with informatio­n is encouraged to call

Major Crimes Detective P. Mansfield at (804) 6466996 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphone­s also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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