SHOOTING

William Smith, the city's interim police chief, addressed the media about a shooting at Carter Jones Park in South Richmond. The gunfire left a young girl dead and an 11-year-old boy wounded.

An 11-year-old boy is expected to survive after he was wounded in a shooting that left a young girl dead on Sunday at a busy park in South Richmond, officials said Tuesday.

But the interim police chief, William Smith, said that the department "has little information to go on" as the authorities investigate the shooting at Carter Jones Park.

At a news conference at City Hall, Smith said the children were part of large cookout that was happening in the park when an disagreement broke out at a basketball court and skateboard park.

“They were completely innocent [bystanders],” Smith said of the victims.

There were two off-duty Richmond police officers that were hired as security for the community cookout, Smith said.

Mayor Levar Stoney also addressed the media on Tuesday morning.

"It was a senseless and tragic act that breaks my heart and I know it breaks the heart of the many who reside in the city," the mayor said. “I want every family to walk into a park and think my kids can go out and play - unfortunately, that isn’t the case in many communities in our city."

Nine-year-old Markiya Simone Dickson was fatally wounded in the shooting, which unfolded about 7:20 p.m. Sunday.

Those with information should contact detective Benjamin Neifeld at Benjamin.Neifeld@richmondgov.com or (804) 646-3246, or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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