RICHMOND, Va. - Thirty-one people have been shot in Richmond in April, five of them fatally.
Police tell the Richmond Times-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/JSUpX8) that the 31 shootings in the capital city are the most in any one month in at least years. It was the deadliest month in Richmond since 2007.
At least nine of this month's shootings occurred during robberies. The shooting toll does not include suicides or accidental shootings.
Law enforcement officials say April tends to be a violent month. Since 2007, more people were shot in April on average than in any single month.
One reason, among many, is the warmer weather.
A city prosecutor, Michael E. Hollomon, said the April violence is in contrast to February and March, months that each saw single-digit shooting totals.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com
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