Richmond Office of Neighborhood Safety vehicle struck by gunfire Friday

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A Richmond Office of Neighborhood Safety vehicle was hit by at least one bullet when a hail of gunfire erupted at S. 3rd Street and Maine Avenue Friday night, police said.

At 7:30 p.m. that night, the Shotspotter gun detection system alerted police to at least 60 rounds being fired near the intersection, police Lt. Felix Tan said. No injuries were reported.

At least one ONS agent was at the scene when police arrived. Still, no arrests have been made nor have suspects or suspect vehicles been identified or described in connection with the shooting.

Detectives are actively investigating the incident, Tan said.

The controversial ONS program has garnered both national praise and controversy for sending former criminals into areas known for gang violence with the aim of preventing outbreaks. One part of the program pays some of the city’s most violent young people a monthly stipend to turn their lives around.

In September, Dawuan Rice of Richmond, who had been featured by ABC News as an ONS fellow who received a monthly stipend, was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of Javonte Prothro. In August of last year, we wrote about an ONS agent who was described by police as uncooperative during a traffic stop in which a gun was seized. The previous day, the same agent was accused of driving his city vehicle into a homicide crime scene and of interfering with police officers.

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