Richmond: fatal shooting victim crashes car into lightpole

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A 43-year-old man was fatally shot before he crashed into a light pole at 45th Street and Cutting Boulevard Thursday, marking the city’s first homicide of 2020, police said.

At about 6:20 p.m., police responded to the 4800 block of Cutting Boulevard after being alerted by a ShotSpotter gunshot activation and, while en route, received 911 calls that a vehicle crashed into a pole and that its sole occupant had been shot, Richmond police Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy said.

Officers who arrived on scene located the man in his vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. While the Richmond Fire Department and AMR paramedics provided advanced medical care, the man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, Pomeroy said.

Richmond police detectives are investigating the homicide. No arrests or motive have been announced.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Homicide Detective Chris Decious at (510) 621-1747, email him at [email protected] or contact Richmond’s anonymous tip line at (510) 621-1212 x1933.