Richmond police battling surge in violence

September 14, 2009 1:24:41 PM PDT
Richmond police will be working overtime to help solve a recent surge in gun violence.

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Two people suffered non-life threatening injuries when they were shot in front of a Cutting Boulevard liquor store overnight Sunday. Since Thursday, 12 people have been victims of gun violence. Four of them have been killed.

Police say not all the victims were involved in criminal activity and they do not believe the shootings are related.

"We can't link any of these instances or identify one group of suspects that is perpetrating this violence. But right now, we just see there is a lot of tension on the streets and it does seem we've been having an increase in gun violence," Lt. Mark Gagan told ABC7.

There have been 40 homicides in Richmond so far this year. Richmond police say they need the public's help in solving these crimes. They are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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