The brother of a woman who resided in the home damaged in a shooting and subsequent car crash on Friday said the incident occurred only two days after his sister lost her job.
Alex Virruete launched a GoFundMe to help pay for medical bills for his niece, who was injured while inside the home at the time of the crash, and for new housing for his sister.
At about 7:22 p.m. Fridday, Richmond 911 dispatch received a report of over 40 gunshot rounds and a car collision in the area of the 4000 block of Fleming Avenue near Ellis Street.
The shooting injured the driver of a vehicle that crashed into the home. Virruete said the car came through the backyard of his sister’s home.
“My niece was in the living room at the time of the accident, which caused a knee injury from the furniture and glass,” Virruete said, adding that his niece fortunately moved out of the way just in time to avoid other serious injuries.
Due to the damage in the home, Virruete said his sister is temporarily without housing. All donations to the GoFundMe will go to medical bills and new housing, Virruete said.
“Any donations will help even if its $1,” he said.
All injuries to victims in the shooting were considered non life threatening, according to police. No arrests have been anounced, and the incident is actively being investigated.
Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Richmond Police dispatch at (510) 233-1214 or the Anonymous Tip Line at (510) 307-8177.