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Suspect in Monday's homicide in Richmond is in custody after being shot

Suspect in Monday's homicide in Richmond is in custody after being shot


A man wanted by Richmond police in connection with a fatal shooting Monday has been captured, but only after suffering life-threatening injuries Friday in a shooting in Henrico County.

Anwar “Wawa” Phillips was taken into custody at an apartment complex in the 100 block of Engleside Drive in Henrico, according to Richmond police. His injuries are considered life-threatening, Richmond police said.

Henrico police confirmed that they responded to the address about 6:45 a.m. for a report of a shooting and found a man with multiple gunshot wounds, said Lt. C.J. Eley of the Henrico police.

Henrico police do not confirm the names of living victims of shootings, but only one victim was reported. The man was found on a grassy area in front of the complex’s buildings, according to Eley.

The man was in critical condition at VCU Medical Center, Eley said.

Asked if Friday’s shooting was done in self-defense, Eley said the Police Department has presented facts to the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office and it is prosecutors’ job to determine whether the shooting was justifiable.

Eley reiterated that Henrico police know who was involved in Friday’s shooting but could not provide his name and are “trying to determine if charges are appropriate.”

Phillips was wanted in a shooting that left one dead and two wounded earlier this week. On Friday, police said the man killed was Frank A. McCray, 49, of the 5700 block of Kendall Road.

That shooting happened Monday at the Blue Ridge Apartments in the 300 block of Red Ash Road in Richmond. The other victims were another man and a girl younger than 10, police have said.

The U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Phillips.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Major Crimes Detective Jeffrey Crewell at (804) 201-3829 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. People can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “iTip” followed by the tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

(804) 649-6861

Staff writer Debbie Truong contributed to this report.

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