Sunday, July 18, 2010

Richmond Man Shot and Killed Trying to Calm a Fight

By Sam Brock
In the wake of a fatal shooting in Church Hill Sunday morning, Alonzo Bates tells CBS 6 his brother died needlessly but "being himself."

Richmond Police have communicated few details surrounding the shooting death of 47-year-old Keith Bates.

The victim's brother, Alonzo, said the gunfire took place after Keith made a concerted effort to calm a confrontation on North 35th Street.

"He was compassionate and caring, and always trying to appease a bad situation or any situation among the youth in this community," said the elder brother. "They were just arguing- just an argument- and he was just trying to make peace with them."

The Richmond Police Department acknowledged by press release Sunday that officers had discovered Bates' slain body shortly after responding to the incident at 12:38 a.m. that morning.

A second male victim was taken to VCU Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

"[Bates] was in the house just taking care of his dad," said community organizer Alicia Rasin, "and he came out after he heard some commotion going on."

Rasin added, "he was an innocent person, an innocent person who was killed."

Valerie Burrell-Muhammad has lived in the house next to Bate's residence for years, and describes him as a thoughtful neighbor and friend who "always wanted to see the young men [in the area] do something positive with their lives."

Burrell-Muhammad says his advice and wisdom carried great weight in this Church Hill neighborhood.

"In most urban communities, I think young men need that kind of conversation and encouragement coming from adult men to help them choose a positive path and stay on it," she said. "He was known to do that."

Investigators have focused their attention now on Elsumakeal Lamar, 29, who lives just a few houses down the street from Bates.

Lamar is wanted for aggravated assault, use of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

UPDATE: 8:11 p.m.

Elsumakeal M. Lamar, 29, seen here, of the 700 block of North 35th Street, is wanted for aggravated assault, use of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for the shooting of a second victim at the scene.

Police believe he is connected to this morning's incident in the 700 block of North 35th Street.

Anyone with any information on Lamar's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.


Police are investigating an overnight shooting that left one man dead and another in the hospital fighting for his life.

At 12:38 a.m., police responded to the 700 block of N 35th St. for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, they found that two men had been shot. One of them, Keith W. Bates, 47, who lived in that block, was dead. The second victim was taken to VCU Medical Center, and his injuries are deemed life threatening.

Stay with 804ENT.COM for updates.

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