A man was killed in a shootout and a woman was fatally shot while riding a bicycle in separate incidents that occurred within 90 minutes of each other on Saturday night, police said.
Melvin James, 26, identified by police as a gang member, was killed in the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue about 7:55 p.m., police said. James was pronounced dead at the scene and his 29-year-old brother was wounded in the incident. While the brother wasn’t at the scene when police arrived, officers later found him in a home in the 100 block of 17th Street and he was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Witnesses told police that the shooting suspects fled in a gray Nissan Altima.
At 9:24 p.m. that night, 19-year-old Kori Shanelle Mattie was killed in a separate shooting near the Civic Center Motel at 425 24th St., police said.
Witnesses told officers she was shot by occupants of a newer-model white four-door Honda Accord. Two shooters were involved. The motive for the killing wasn’t immediately unclear, police said.
Police are mobilizing to solve the killings and attempt to prevent retaliations.
As Chief Allywn Brown stated in an email to city leaders:
“All of our homicide investigation resources were activated last night in response to Saturday evening violence. They will work around the clock to trace down active leads. We’ve also called in Special Investigations (SIS) detectives to address what we see as a spark that’s certain to ignite back-and-fourth shootings connected to the beef between North and Central gangsters – historically Richmond’s most deadly and longest running criminal conflict. With help from our Ceasefire partners and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, we’ll work around the clock to disrupt what can become an escalating pattern of public gun violence.”
Anyone with information regarding these incidents as been asked to contact Richmond police Detective Wentz at (510) 621-1259.
A list of 2016 homicide cases (as written by the Richmond Police Department):
1. Jan. 2 – Anthony Adams (29) died from being struck by multiple bullets fired into the automobile he was driving, fired from another auto on Interstate 580 near Marina Bay Pkwy. The investigation continues.
2. Jan. 27 – Kameron Wilhite (25) died from a single gunshot wound fired at close range on the grounds of State Park, 4700 block of Fall Avenue. The investigation continues.
3. Feb. 27 – Leslie Carl Graham (39) – validated gang member – died from being struck by multiple bullets fired into the automobile he was driving, fired from a another auto while traveling on Interstate 80 near Richmond Parkway. CHP is the lead investigating agency, with assistance from RPD and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. The suspect, Willie Mulder – validated gang member – of Richmond, was recently shot while in Rodeo and shortly thereafter succumbed to his injuries at Kaiser, Richmond.
4. Feb. 29 – Xavier McClanahan (15) was shot and killed on the Greenway near South 33rd Street. The investigation continues.
5. Mar. 10 – William Malik Barnes (15) was shot where he stood, on the parking lot of the St. John’s Apartments, on the 100 block of Macdonald Ave. Bobby Brown (17) has been arrested and charged with the crime of Murder, PC 187 – charged as an adult.
6. Mar. 12 – Joshmahl Russell (21) was shot and killed on the 400 block of Gertrude Ave. There is a named suspect in the case. The investigation continues.
7. Mar. 26 – Malik Booker (18) was shot and killed on the 1700 block of Maine Ave. Temaree Harris (19) has been arrested and charged with the crime of Murder, PC 187.
8. Apr. 7 – Jose Romero-Caceras (21) was shot and killed near 10th St. and Lincoln Ave. Suspect Treshawn Tillis (19) was arrested and released. Insufficient evidence exist to charge him with a crime at this time.
9. Apr. 14 – David Mallard (19) – validated gang member – was shot and killed by another occupant inside of a moving automobile near South 55th St. and Bayview Ave – his body dumped at a Bay Point neighborhood. The case was investigated by CCSO Homicide investigators. Marshon Ardoin (20) – validated gang member – of Richmond has been arrested and charged with the crime of Murder, PC 187.
10. Apr. 26 – Mauriana Seymore (16) was shot and killed inside of her apartment on the 400 block of South 12th St. Suspect Brandon Payne (19) remains in custody on probation violation as the investigation continues.
11. Apr. 28 – Reginald Atkinson Jr. (26) was shot and killed at the Valero gas station at 3701 Cutting Bl. Edbert Robert James has been arrested and charged with the crime of Murder, PC 187.
12. May 6 – Rodney Maynor (52) was found down on the pavement, deceased, on the 500 block of Duboce Ave suffering from blunt-force head trauma. The investigation continues.
13. Jul. 8 – Eaean Lamont Hale (38) was stabbed to death on the 4100 block of Overend Ave. Keylen Malik Dunn has been arrested and charged with the crime of Murder, PC 187.
14. Jul. 19 – Antwane Foster (42) was shot to death on the 300 block of South 12th Street. The investigation continues.
15. Jul. 19 – Paul King (32) was hot and killed on the 200 block of Gertrude Ave. Kendrick Barfield (39) has been arrested and charged with the crime of Murder, PC 187.
16. Aug. 6 – Melvin James (26) – validated gang member- was killed in a shootout on the 900 block of Lincoln Ave. His brother, Jonathan James (29) – validated gang member – critically injured by gunfire during the incident, fled the scene and was located at a private residence on the 100 block of 17th St. He was taken to a local trauma center. The investigation is in the very early stages. The motive is believed to be gang affiliation.
17. Aug. 6 – Kori Shanelle Mattie (26) was gunned down on the 400 block of 24th St., near the Civic Center Motel by two male assailants. The investigation is in the very early stages. The motive is not known.