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Gunshots Disrupt First Fridays

Police continue to investigate shooting near West Broad Street.



Richmond Police are still investigating a shooting incident April 2 shortly before 10 p.m. in the 100 block of downtown West Broad Street, when visitors to the popular First Fridays Art Walk were strolling the area.

NBC12 News reported over the weekend that no one was injured from the gunshots that were related to a dispute originating at Club Rendezvous, the club located at 17 and 19 West Broad Street, during a music party geared toward teenagers.

A Broad Street business owner, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, says police were on the scene quickly and were able to obtain a gun used in the altercation, but that officers were not immediately able to track down any perpetrators. The business owner says people who were present at the party told police the gunshots occurred in a parking lot at the corner of Grace and Adams streets, behind Rendezvous.

“I know that many of the downtown businesses owners are very upset about the situation,” the business owner says. “A couple of the clubs that are on Broad Street have kind of a constant clientele” that is loud and disruptive, the owner adds.

Christina Newton, the director of Curated Culture, the nonprofit that organizes First Fridays, declined to comment on the incident. Rendezvous does not participate in First Fridays, she says.


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