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The Richmond Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred late this morning outside the John Marshall Courts building in downtown Richmond.

At approximately 11:19 a.m., RPD officers responded to the building for a report of a shooting called into the Department of Emergency Communications by a Richmond Sheriff’s deputy.

At the top of the steps leading to the front entrance of the building, they located the body of Jarrell L. Young, 31, of the 6900 block of Carnation Street. He had been shot.

After speaking with several eyewitnesses, RPD detectives quickly determined that the gunshot was self-inflicted. No one else had been threatened or injured.

The Office of the Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause and manner of death.

As a result of the shooting, the John Marshall Courts building was closed for the rest of the day. Richmond Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a slow, orderly evacuation of the building; escorting people through a side exit.

Several streets surrounding the building were blocked for a time but were gradually re-opened.

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