The Richmond Police Department has identified the three persons who were fatally shot this morning in an apartment in the Oliver Crossing Apartment Complex. They are:
- Shaquenda Walker, 24, of the 1300 block of Coalter St.
- Deborah Walker, 55, of the 1300 block of Coalter St.
- Walter Gaines, III, 23, of the 600 block of Jackson Ave., Henrico
At approximately 8:27 a.m., RPD officers were called to the 1300 block of Coalter Street for a report of several persons down. They quickly located three bodies in an apartment there. All three had been shot. They all were pronounced dead at the scene.
RPD detectives are investigating these shootings as a probable case of murder/suicide. While their investigation is in its early stages, a preliminary analysis of the crime scene indicates the two women were shot by Gaines before he shot himself.
The Medical Examiner will determine the approximate time, cause and manner of their deaths.
Two children of Shaquenda Walker, toddlers under the age of five, were found in the apartment. They have been reunited with family members. Shaquenda Walker was the daughter of Deborah Walker.
RPD detectives are not looking for additional persons at this time in this case. They believe there is no on-going threat to the community.
RPD detectives ask anyone who may have other information about this case to call Major Crimes Detective Rashaan Wigfall at (804) 646-6769 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com or by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the keyword “iTip” followed by your tip.
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