3-Month-Old baby Girl and Mother Killed In Richmond Shooting

A 3-month-old baby girl and her mother were killed and three others injured in a shooting outside a Virginia apartment complex.

Richmond police confirmed a baby who had been rushed to hospital had died as a result of her injuries following the shooting at The Belt Atlantic apartments at around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

In a statement sent to Newsweek, a Richmond Police Department spokesperson confirmed the baby and her mother, Sharnez Hill, 30, had both been fatally shot.

When officers arrived at the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpilke they found two women, two teenagers and the baby had suffered gunshot wounds near the breezeway.

The statement continued: "Four victims were transported to a local hospital where Hill's daughter succumbed to her injury. The three other female victims have injuries that are not believed to be life threatening."

Police did not release any additional information about the other victims and did not comment on a possible motive for the horrendous crime.

Detectives later launched a manhunt for the suspects and later arrested three people in connection with the deadly shooting.

Donald Hemmings, 22, Shyheem Martin, 23, and Shamondrick Perry, 19, were all charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Additional charges are pending.

The statement added: "Detectives are still trying to determine if other persons were involved in the shootings and are asking the public for information."

Anyone with further information has been urged to call Major Crimes Detective Russel at (804) 646-7715 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

Officials previously told NBC12 that one of the police officers who responded to the shooting and raced to the apartment complex was involved in a crash. They said the officer was not seriously injured and is expected to fully recover.

Photos taken near to where the shooting happened showed multiple police cars at the apartment complex, which had been cordoned off. Multiple officers could also be seen near the buildings.

A police vehicle was pictured with its hood having been seriously damaged at the intersection of Midlothian Turnpike and W Roanoke Street.

Following the shooting, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney released a statement saying his "heart ached" for the victims' families.

"Earlier this evening, five innocent bystanders in our city were shot, one fatally, in a single, senseless act of gun violence. This is a tragedy that no community should have to experience. My heart aches for our families," Stoney said.

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