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Three teens charged in quadruple shooting that left two children dead Friday night in Richmond; reward offered for fourth suspect

Three teens charged in quadruple shooting that left two children dead Friday night in Richmond; reward offered for fourth suspect

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Authorities have arrested three teenagers in connection with Friday night’s drive-by shooting that killed two children and wounded two men outside a convenience store in Richmond’s East End.

Calling the investigation his department’s top priority, Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith identified the suspects as 18-year-old Clintoine Kenyahn Baker and two 17-year-old boys during a news conference on Tuesday at RPD headquarters.

Authorities were searching for a fourth suspect in the case, also a 17-year-old boy, and were offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to his arrest, said Kevin Connolly, supervisor of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.

Authorities declined to name the three 17-year-old suspects because they are minors, or specify the charges they face.

Baker, whose last known address is in Gastonia, N.C., faces two counts each of first-degree murder and aggravated malicious wounding, five counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and one count each of attempted second-degree murder and maliciously shooting at a vehicle, according to charging papers in Richmond Circuit Court.

A police affidavit attached to the charging documents provides the following account of how Friday night’s drive-by unfolded:

A red Ford SUV was traveling east on Nine Mile Road and as it turned north onto Creighton Road, the occupants of the SUV drew firearms and started shooting toward the OMG Convenience Store on the corner of Creighton and Nine Mile roads.

The gunfire injured two men and fatally wounded 14-year-old Rah’quan “Ompa” Logan, a resident of nearby Creighton Court, and 9-year-old Abdul Bani-Ahmad, who was with his father and younger brother outside the family-owned convenience store, where they had stopped while running errands.

After the gunfire erupted, the red SUV traveled about one-quarter of a mile north on Creighton Road and when a silver sedan pulled in front of it, the occupants of the red SUV pulled their weapons again and began to fire at the occupied silver sedan.

After that, the SUV traveled west and stopped at the Redd Fox Apartments in the area of Mosby Court. Surveillance footage shows that four people got out of the SUV, including Baker, who exited from the rear seat on the driver’s side.

Baker and the three other occupants can be seen concealing guns as they left the vehicle and walked south one block across Redd Street and into an apartment building.

Connolly, the supervisor of the fugitive task force, said that Richmond police arrested one of the 17-year-old suspects over the weekend and that the task force, with assistance from RPD, took Baker and one of the other 17-year-olds into custody Monday at different homes in Richmond.

At Tuesday’s news conference, Smith declined to assign a motive to the shootings but said it did not currently appear to have been a gang-related attack. He also would not say whether any of the four people who were shot on Friday were intended targets.

When asked what he believes can be done to reach teenagers and young men before they commit such violent acts, Smith said, “We implore the community to come out. We are doing what we can as a police department.

“We are also heading up some other opportunities to actually move kids away from this violence and give them something else to do, but we can’t do it ourselves. This is a community effort to actually give our kids something to do.”

Smith added: “The majority of the cases that we are seeing right now, that is the constant, continuous thing that we see: These crimes are being committed by our youth and it’s affecting our youth. So we may not be able to get hold of the pattern, but we know which groups that we need to address.”

“It’s time to shake off the COVID malaise and actually get back and start engaging our kids,” he said.

So far this year, 82 people have been slain in Richmond, compared with 75 in all of 2020, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch database. Those numbers include some deaths that Richmond police don’t record in their homicide statistics, including self-defense killings.

Anyone with information on Friday night’s shootings can call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or submit a tip by Googling “USMS TIPS.”

Staff writer Ali Rockett contributed to this report.


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