CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Police now say a 19-year-old man was shot to death while trying to rob a woman Sunday evening.
According to Detective D.M Boykin, police responded to 1968 Bruin Place around 5:47 p.m. after witnesses reported seeing a man, identified Monday as 19-year-old Traymon Richardson, running in front of Western Branch High School.
“There was cop cars everywhere, there was people out and about wondering what was going on in the neighborhood,” said Jennifer Kloster. She has lived in the neighborhood near Western Branch High School for twelve years.
She said the commotion, and no immediate arrests, had neighbors wondering if they were in any danger.
“The concern of the neighborhood is ‘why does this happen, how is this happening, what do we do to prevent this from happening’. So it’s just a case of something went really wrong,” Kloster said.
Monday, police revealed that Richardson was reportedly armed with a handgun and was attempting to rob a 20-year-old woman, when there was a struggle over the weapon and Richardson was shot. Police are declining to say who pulled the trigger. There was another man with Richardson at the time of the incident. Police identified that man as 18-year-old Javonte M. Jones. If anyone has information about this individual they are encouraged to contact the Chesapeake Police Department or the Chesapeake Crime Line.
Chesapeake Police said the woman and Richardson did not know each other.
Police have not filed any charges in his death.
As a result of the new information, police have reclassified the case from a homicide to a shooting investigation, according to MPO Kelly O’Sullivan.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Chesapeake Police Department or the Chesapeake Crime Line.
According to Kellie Gorral, spokeswoman for Chesapeake Public Schools, the altercation began in the school parking lot, but she says it is not believed the victim was a student at Western Branch High School.