UPDATE: About 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Henrico police said in a news release that a juvenile had been taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Lucia Bremer.
"Henrico Police has the person in custody responsible for yesterday's homicide. During the early afternoon hours, Henrico detectives took a juvenile male into custody after obtaining petitions for second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by juvenile, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The juvenile, whose identity is being withheld because of his age, will be transported, and processed at the Henrico County Sheriff's Office.
Henrico Police's presence cleared from yesterday's tragic incident along the 1900 block of Hickoryridge Road late last night; however, efforts to locate the suspect did not end. Detectives worked tirelessly throughout the night to follow-up on leads provided by our community partners.
"The Police Division has increased patrols around the Gayton Forest West community during this investigation. On behalf of the entire Police Division, we appreciate the community support through the tips called in and to our partners with the Richmond - ATF who assisted in the investigation," says Lieutenant Matt Pecka.
"Our thoughts are with the family, HCPS student body, and faculty during this untimely death," says Lieutenant Matt Pecka.
As with any criminal case, if you have additional details, please call the police at 804-501-5000, Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000, or on p3tips.com."
UPDATE: The family of Henrico County resident Lucia Bremer released this statement on Facebook on Saturday morning:
"Liberty Tree Farm is saddened to report that our beloved daughter and joyful farmer, Lucia Whalen Bremer, was killed in a senseless act of gun violence on March 26. Thank you for keeping our family in your thoughts as we navigate the next few weeks.
If you have any information to help support the ongoing investigation, please contact the Henrico County Police at 804-501-5794."
ORIGINAL: Henrico County police said a teenage girl was fatally shot Friday afternoon outside of a home in the Gayton Forest West subdivision and that police are investigating her death as a homicide.
The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment but later died, said Henrico police spokesperson Matt Pecka. Police did not release her name, citing her age.
The shooting — which led to a temporary lockdown of Godwin High School amid the search for the shooter — occurred about 4:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Hickoryridge Road, near Windingridge Drive and just east of Pump Road.
There was a heavy police presence in the area Friday evening, searching for the shooter. Henrico police issued a description of the shooter on Twitter and said he was considered to be armed.
“HPD sending out reverse 9-1-1 to alert area residents of the suspect description,” Henrico police wrote. “Younger black male, 5’8”, 125, wearing a 2-toned hooded sweatshirt with camouflage on the bottom. The suspect was further wearing a mask last seen on foot.”
Godwin High School Principal Leigh Dunavant wrote in an letter to parents that the school’s students and staff were all safe despite the school being locked down.
Just before 7:30 p.m., the lockdown was lifted. School personnel were on-site to help reunite students with parents and guardians.
Godwin had a home football game scheduled for 7 p.m. against Henrico High School, but the game was called off. Dunavant said the game might be rescheduled.
Megan Cinder lives about 100 yards from the site of the shooting and is in her first year as president of the neighborhood homeowners association.
Trees separate her neighborhood from Godwin’s football field, and a gravel path connects the neighborhood to the school property.
Cinder said she was in her garage about 4:30 p.m. when she heard five to eight gunshots. Scared that her husband and son had been shot — they had been out riding bikes — she came running out of the garage.
She soon saw that her husband and son were safe, but also witnessed an ambulance taking someone away.
“The whole neighborhood is going to be traumatized by this,” said Cinder, who has lived in the neighborhood for three years.
She said her neighborhood is lively, with a ton of kids always out playing.
“How am I ever going to feel safe?” she said. “There’s too much hate in this world. It’s scary. It’s scary to be a parent right now.”
Anyone with information about the shooting should call Henrico police at (804) 501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. You can also submit anonymous tips by going to www.p3tips.com or using the P3 Tips app.
All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.
Staff writers Ali Rockett, Mike Szvetitz, Shawn Cox and Eric Kolenich contributed to this report.