Death of Renzo Smith and Shawn Jackson – Following the Huguenot High School graduation ceremony at the Altria Theater in Richmond, Virginia, someone opened fire in Monroe Park, killing 18-year-old Shawn Jackson and his father Renzo Smith, 36, Tuesday, June 6, 2023 On behalf of the bereaved family, community activist Charles Willis, who heads the organization United Communities Against Crime, announced the names and photos of the gunshot victims.
The cause of death of Renzo Smith and Shawn Jackson
Rick Edwards, Richmond’s acting police chief, revealed earlier Tuesday that Jackson had just attended the high school graduation ceremony while withholding the teenager’s name. Following the gunshot, one person was arrested, according to Edwards. Investigations are continuing into the motivation for the shooting, which injured at least five others.
According to Edwards, a 31-year-old gunshot victim remains in hospital with serious gunshot wounds. A 14-year-old boy, a 32-year-old man, a 55-year-old man and a 58-year-old man were the four gunshot victims who had what were called non-life-threatening injuries. Following a gunshot, the police first arrested two people; however, only one has now been identified as a suspect and the other has been released.
Suspect arrested by authorities
Edwards predicted the suspect, a 19-year-old man, will face at least two counts of second-degree murder and possibly more. He said there is speculation that the suspect knows at least one of the victims. He said when the suspect was apprehended he was carrying multiple firearms. The suspect, 19, may or may not be enrolled in high school right now, Edwards continued.
On Tuesday afternoon, the area of or near Monroe Park was the subject of a shooting alert from VCU police. At one end of the park in downtown Richmond, on the VCU campus, is the Altria Theater, which hosts high school graduation ceremonies for Richmond public schools. The remaining graduation ceremonies at Richmond Public Schools have all been postponed until further notice. Richmond Public Schools has postponed all events for Tuesday evening and Wednesday classes.
Levar Stoney, the mayor of Richmond, described the incident as appalling and horrific. Not only for the sake of the affected families but also for the city, he promised to bring those responsible for the massacre to justice. Later, Acting Police Chief Edwards said he did not believe the incident had any gang ties.