Second homicide in three days in Crescent Park area Monday


On Monday night, a fatal shooting occurred in the Crescent Park area of Richmond for the second time in three days, police said.

The shooting occurred at about 9 p.m. in the 4900 block of Hartnett Avenue, Richmond police spokesman Lt. Felix Tan said. The victim, who hasn’t yet been identified, was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital, Tan said.

It was the city’s second homicide of 2018 after having not had one since November, and it happened in the same neighborhood as the shooting this past Saturday that killed 20-year-old Antioch resident Javoni Foster in the 1000 block of S. 55th Street.


  1. This is why low income housing projects are a bad idea. March with signs to city hall all you like but you will never counteract the crime incubation from these places.
    You want to really do something about the murder rate in Richmond? Tear down all the low income housing projects as well as the run down apartment complexes in town and replace them with nice quality housing developments like those built in our neighboring cities while setting aside a few of them for lower income residents. You have to break up the ghetto mindset culture that is the root cause of ignorant people killing others over tennis shoes or what have you.
    It will never happen unfortunately. Try another march to city hall perhaps this time it will stop the criminal element.

  2. So I’m just curious where do you move those people if you decide to tear down those affordable housing complex. It’s like moving one problem to another city/Area. if people have no where to live /rest their heads then things will get worse not better higher crime rates because people have to eat. i don’t condone this at all but thats some people’s mindset. If people have jobs usally less crime. People don’t have jobs usually high crime rate. only 2 people murdered in richmond from yr past is good. of course the goal is zero. i hate anybody to get murdered too many faimiles are affected because of it.

    • I think Commentator is talking about dispersing the low income people instead of bunching them all together. This makes sense on paper, because instead of amplifying poor social behavior due to immersion in peer groups that do not know any better people would have better examples from a diverse cross section of neighbors. It doesn’t work as well in the REAL WORLD, though. And there is also resistance to bringing in families with a history of crime and sociopathic behavior into a “normal” neighborhood from the people who already live there. There are some advantages to bunching low income culture people together; services can be more efficiently provided, and community safety can be focused rather than being spread out all over town. But it just perpetuates the problem of bad social behavior, which becomes generational.

  3. You spread people out instead of concentrating them in housing projects where an ignorant mindset dominates. You build nice quality housing that attracts educated and functional citizens so that those are the dominate influences in the neighborhood especially on low income children living there, not the lowlifes with their guns violent lifestyles and screeching car tires.
    Building low quality housing in a place like Richmond is guaranteed social failure.
    There are a lot of jobs out there. That isn’t the problem. The problem is a city full of ignorant people who read at an elementary school level if even at all. The problem is a ghetto mindset that thinks it is someone else’s problem to give them a job rather than your personal responsibility to prepare yourself and your children for a life of gainful employment.
    Build a housing project for 500 people and soon you will need one for 1000 people. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is said to be the very definition of insanity. You need to break up the culture of dysfunction if you truly want change. Or you can continue doing the same thing you have been doing for over 50 years now and expect a different result.
    Good luck with that.

  4. The original idea and intention of the Section 8 housing program was to do just this, spread low income residents throughout a city and not concentrate them in housing projects. Good idea and a good program that unfortunately has had mixed results and is finished in Richmond now thanks to the RPA’s poorly considered rent control law.

  5. My Southside neighborhood is improving. Instead of daily (hourly) incidents of tires screeching and people yelling in the street, and gunshots at least once a week, we now only have to endure dangerous driving and people fighting in public maybe once a week. Even the people throwing trash out their car windows has been reduced drastically. Unfortunately, the only gunshots we’ve heard lately are from the incidents in this article. If this improvement in the quality of life for all my neighbors of every ethnicity and national origin is “gentrification”, then please, let’s have more of it, all over Richmond.

    • Exactly, gentrification is needed to root out the problem. I think the commenters here are all well-intentioned but they want results. Everyone has grown tired of the violence and the danger that they must endure in Richmond and as several have pointed out, the drugs, crime and gang violence persists within the section 8 housing complexes throughout the city.

      Where is the Mayor in in all this? He needs to take more action or ask the state for help if he can’t get his own council to see that the city has suffered for far too long and people want change.


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