Neighborhood witnesses and CBS6 are reporting that a large cookout was being held at Carter Jones Park. Around 7:25 PM multiple shots were fired. When police arrived they found two injured children, one girl and one boy. The two were taken to a local hospital. The girl died at the hospital and boy suffered serious injuries.
There was a large community cookout at the park that was wrapping up when gunfire erupted, according to those witnesses.
A forensics team was examining an area around the skate ramps as well as another section of the park.
Multiple major crimes detectives were also at the scene.
No additional details surrounding the circumstances of the shooting were available at last check.
If you have information that could help detectives, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or submit a tip online at http://www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smart phones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.
Statement by RPD:
Information Sought in Fonticello/Carter Jones Park Homicide
The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help to provide information, photos, and videos regarding the homicide of a young girl in Fonticello/Carter Jones Park last night.
At approximately 7:23 p.m. yesterday, officers were called to Fonticello/Carter Jones Park in the 2700 block of Bainbridge Street for the report of a shooting. Officers arrived and found that a juvenile female and a juvenile male had each been shot and were taken to a local hospital in a personal vehicle with life threatening injuries. The female succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.
“This is a heartbreaking case where a young child’s life was taken and another child was injured due to gun violence,” said Major Crimes Lieutenant Faith Flippo. “We believe there were many people in the park last night and we’re asking anyone with information, photos or videos to provide it to detectives. Even the smallest bit of information could help us bring closure for both of these families.”
The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.
Anyone with photos, video, or information about this homicide is asked to email Major Crimes Detective Benjamin Neifeld at Benjamin.Neifeld@richmondgov.com or (804) 646-3246 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
The young girl who died was Markiya Dickson and she was nine years old. Statement from the victim’s family on CBS6:
Markiya Dickson was a feisty third grader who loved to dance and was excited to sing a Justin Bieber song at her school’s upcoming talent show. Her life was cut tragically short Sunday evening when she was shot and killed at Fonticello/Carter Jones Park.
“We just wanted to take them out, to have fun with them,” Markiya’s father Mark Whitfield said. “We were just about to leave and my daughter saw a friend.”
Learn More and Fill Out a Survey on the Proposed Changes to Semmes, W. 34th, and Forest Hill Ave.
Big changes could be on the way for a busy intersection near Patrick Henry School. Find out more and voice your opinion on the changes.
From Stephanie Lynch:
Greetings, we have provided a synopsis of a draft proposal for traffic calming measures to improve the overall safety of the area between Reedy Creek and W. 34th along Semmes & Forest Hill Ave. We are asking for your input before these proposals move forward to the next phase of 30% designs.
These improvements are being funded by a federal grant that will expire and effectively evaporate if they are not used. The city has already spent a considerable amount of resources to study, design and test simulations for their recommended safety measures. The 5th district office has been working on this issue for several years and we have had multiple community meetings throughout the process.
This is an exciting opportunity to get some much-needed funding to help to improve the safety of our community. We have provided a ‘quick reference’ below, as well as a more detailed summary, map, and links to help you give the most informed input.
You will see questions at the end of this survey as well as an opportunity for comment. Please feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions.
SURVEY Semmes Phase I & Phase II Traffic Safety Plans: https://forms.gle/dNfDbZVASrjJ4ZybA
This survey will close on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Critters of the Week
A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.
Where Spotted: Reedy Creek
Common Name: White-Throated Sparrow
Scientific Name: Zonotrichia albicollis
Body Length: 5.9 to 7.5 in
Wingspan: 9.1 in
Weight: 0.78 to 1.13 oz
- White-throated sparrows breed in central Canada and New England.
- Alongside some other species such as the cardinal, dark-eyed junco, song sparrow and chickadees, this species ranks among the most abundant native birds during winter in eastern North America.
- Numerous mammalian carnivores prey on the White-Throated Sparrow and at least ten avian predators often hunt them and they are among the most regular prey species for some smaller raptors, i.e. the sharp-shinned hawk and eastern screech-owl.
Not So Slim Shady at RACC
Age: 3yrs 10mths 3wks
Pet ID: 83575
Gird Your Loins it’s Time to Shiver in the River
The event isn’t limited to jumping in the James, there’s a clean-up, a 5K, music, beer, music and more.
The 6th Annual Shiver in the River 5k is hitting the James River this weekend, Saturday, February 29th at Tredegar. You can clean up, walk/run, or jump in the James River — or do all three. There is a lot going on and you can pick and choose what you’d like to do. All these events are to benefit Keep Virginia Beautiful.
It kicks off, picks off?, at 10:00 a.m. with a Community Cleanup along the banks of the James River.
A couple of hours later at noon the 5k walk/run runs a loop that starts and ends at Historic Tredegar, taking in the beauty of the James River.
The main event dips in at 1:30, The James River Leap. This fundraising Leap will take place along the chilly banks of the James near Historic Tredegar. A minimum of $75 must be raised to participate in the Leap and to receive a commemorative long-sleeve T-shirt. Must be 13 years or older to participate in the Leap.
Don’t feel like getting wet? Well, join your fellow sane folks at the Winter Festival from 11 AM to 4 PM for a free event that offers music, beverages, food, heated tents, and, more.