RICHMOND, Va. (NBC12/WAVY) — Police in South Richmond say a child and three adults are dead after an apparent murder-suicide shooting, according to NBC 12.
NBC 12 is reporting, a toddler, two adult females and an adult man were found dead at a home in South Richmond, Wednesday night. Police told NBC 12 all the victims died from gunshot wounds and the male was found dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
According to Richmond Times Dispatch, the parents of one of the female victim’s, Clarence Gary and Markeita Boyd, traveled from Newport News to Richmond after hearing the news. Gary, told Richmond Times Dispatch, “My heart dropped to the bottom of my feet; there are no words for this.” He added, “She always wanted to help people, to do the right thing.”
They told Richmond Times Dispatch their teenage daughter was a student at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and was seeking a degree in criminal justice. The parents had just moved to Newport News from Richmond.
Family friends told Richmond Times Dispatch, the teenage victim may have been killed when she tried to intervene in a custody transfer involving the young boy between the older male shooting suspect and the child’s mother, the woman found dead outside the home.
The relationship between the three victims has not been released. According to reports, a preliminary investigation indicates the shooting appears “domestically related,” but authorities would not elaborate.