Upset neighbor armed with rifle disrupts Richmond sideshow

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Upset neighbor armed with rifle disrupts Richmond sideshow
Still image from Instagram video of armed man at sideshow.

An upset neighbor came armed to a sideshow in Richmond on Sunday, police said.

At 5:40 p.m., police responded to the area of Santa Rita and May roads on a report of a sideshow involving 50 cars, Richmond police Capt. Al Walle reported. While en route, officers were advised that an “upset neighbor was in the roadway holding a rifle and that three shots were heard,” Walle said.

Following the gunshots, the sideshow dispersed and relocated to 1st Street and Macdonald Avenue and eventually fled the area.

“Rifle casings were recovered from the scene and the armed neighbor was not located,” Walle said. No injuries were reported.

In reporting the event at social media, the police captain also shared video posted to Instagram showing the armed man in a confrontation with people at the sideshow.

The incident occurs just as city leaders consider ways to deter rampant sideshows in Richmond and surrounding communities, with Richmond Police Chief Bisa French set to present current and proposed strategies to combat the activity at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.