Bizarre Richmond shooting injures pit bull; suspect found on hammock ‘pretending to sleep’

Police are investigating a bizarre Richmond shooting that injured a pit bull early Wednesday.
Location of shooting incident early Wednesday that injured a pit bull.

Richmond police are investigating a shooting in the back yard of a home on McBryde Avenue early Wednesday that injured a pit bull.

About 1 a.m., police said, officers responded to the 2600 block of McBryde following a Shotspotter activation and also calls about shots fired in the area.

After discovering the shooting had occurred in the back yard of a home, the officers called for backup, Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. As the officers waited for their colleagues, two men emerged from the property’s back yard. At the sight of police, one of the men immediately turned back around and fled, Abetkov said.

The police officers then went into the back yard but didn’t find the suspect. Instead they found the home’s owner, an elderly man, and also a pit bull that was tied up and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

What led to the shooting remains a mystery, as witnesses did not cooperate with police, Abetkov said. Officers searched for the suspect who fled and eventually located him in the back yard of a residence in the 2700 block of McBryde.

“This individual was laying in a hammock pretending to be asleep,” Abetkov said.

Perhaps he wasn’t resting so easily, as he was reportedly suffering from a significant dog bite on his left calf. The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Sean Ginn, was arrested for three outstanding felony warrants and for resisting arrest. The story police were given about how the pit bull got shot was not very helpful, Abetkov said.

“Basically, the info they got was that Sean [Ginn] and another male were in the backyard of original residence, sitting in the shed of the backyard, when the pit bull went crazy and started attacking,” Abektov said. “First the dog attacked Sean, then an unknown person came out and the dog attacks him.”

That unknown person, who had apparently left the scene before officers arrived, reportedly shot the dog, police were told. No weapon has been located.

The pit bull’s owner declined medical attention for his dog, saying he was going to seek care on his own, Abetkov said.

Suffice it to say, the shooting incident remains an active and open investigation, the police spokesperson said, adding that animal cruelty charges can only apply if it is proven the shooting was not done in self defense.