25-year-old Marine on date in Richmond is held up at gun point, hands over money, is shot anyway, in critical condition

The shooter is described as a “black male.” The victim is described as a male, no race. This makes it about an 85 percent likelihood that the victim was white. The fact that the perpetrator shot the victim after he gave him his money makes it even more likely that the victim was white.

From wric.com:

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to find and identify a man who shot a United States Marine during a robbery last night in Church Hill.

At approximately 8 p.m. Friday, the victim was walking with his girlfriend in the 600 block of North 33rd Street when they were approached by an unknown male who displayed a gun and demanded money. After the victims complied, the male shot the victim and ran away.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5’10” with a skinny build and young, possibly in his late 20s. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored hoodie with a white and black or red bandana covering the lower portion of his face. The bandana possibly had a Houndstooth print design, like the one pictured below, on it.

The victim, a 25-year-old male, suffered life-threatening injuries, and is currently in critical, but stable condition. He is a reserve sergeant and was previously stationed out of Cherry Point Air Force Base and served tours of duty in Okinawa, Japan, and Iraq.

Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to call Detective Amira Sleem at (804) 646-3871 or the Department’s Tipsline at 514-TIPS (8477). Citizens can also call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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January 30

Wayne Lutton, editor of The Social Contract Quarterly, writes:

The part of Richmond where the Marine and his date were attacked is where Patrick Henry delivered his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. Hollywood Cemetery, where many of Richmond’s leading citizens of the 19th and early 20th centuries were buried, is not far from there. Edgar Allen Poe is also believed to have lived on Church Hill. The area is well away from the downtown area. There was an attempt to “gentrify” it, with the same “disappointing” results seen elsewhere. The couple likely felt they had little to fear. Another grim reminder that there are fewer and fewer Safe Places in post-1964 America.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 29, 2012 08:11 PM | Send

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