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Notice of Crime – Aggravated Assault – Off Campus MPC

1/21/2019 1:12 am

In compliance with the “Timely Warning” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, Virginia Commonwealth University is providing notice of a recently reported Aggravated Assault that may pose a serious or continuing threat to campus safety. This notice is intended to aid in the prevention of similar crimes and to enable members of the university community to protect themselves.

Reported offense: On January 21st, 2019, at 00:28 hours, Richmond Police and VCU Police received the report of a shooting in the 700 block of West Marshall Street.

Brief description of how the crime took place: Upon arrival, officers located a male inside a private residence that had been shot. At this time, the victim is not divulging what occurred. Police have increased patrols in the area. Police have no information that indicates any threat to community safety. After further investigation, police determined that the shooting actually took place in the 300 block of Gilmer Street. No suspect descriptions have been reported to police.

Suspect/s: No suspect description currently available.

Investigating agency: Richmond Police are leading the investigation.

The VCU Police would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of when living in an urban environment.  Crimes may occur in our community, and the best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. A few key reminders:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, day and night. Do not let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when crossing the street or in another situation that calls for your full attention.
  • Avoid physical confrontation, if possible, by walking away.
  • When out walking, trust your instincts about a person or situation and always choose safety over courtesy.
  • Pepper spray, a loud whistle or high-decibel personal alarm could serve as a deterrent; carry one in your hand so you can use it immediately. Use the whistle or alarm to attract attention, or summon help, if you feel you are in danger.
  • If followed or threatened by someone who is walking, use your whistle or personal alarm or scream loudly, cross the street and run in the opposite direction.
  • In the event of an incident, the information you provide police will help them identify the suspect(s). Focus on their physical characteristics, i.e. clothing description, height and weight, and last known direction of travel.
  • Immediately report suspicious people and activity to police. Use the nearest Emergency Reporting Telephone.You will automatically be connected to VCU Police.
  • Use the LiveSafe app and send a photo of the suspect, if you can do so safely
  • Between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. use the RamSafe transportation service to avoid traveling alone. Call 828-SAFE (7233) or visit
  • Familiarize yourself with RAMSWay paths: will more than likely encounter a VCU Police officer and/or and Emergency Reporting Telephone along the way.These paths have security cameras, lighting and safety signage.

VCU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share this safety information with other members of the community and are asked to be aware of their surroundings. Use the campus RamSafe transportation service between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. by calling (804) 828-SAFE (7233) or visit

Students, faculty, staff and residents of Richmond are asked to immediately report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to VCU Police.

Anyone with information pertaining to this, or any crime, can contact the VCU Police Department 24/7. For emergencies, call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips, call (804) 828-1196. Off-campus emergencies in the City of Richmond can be reported by calling, or texting, 911. (Call if you can, text if you can’t.) For more information on this service in Richmond and surrounding communities, visit:

Students, faculty, staff and Richmond residents can download the free LiveSafe mobile safety app on a smartphone to submit tips, screenshots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7. Tips can also be submitted to Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or on the P3 Tips mobile app; for more information, visit


It is essential to be prepared for emergency situations and to be cognizant of ways to prevent crime and avoid dangerous situations.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of as residents of an urban environment, as crimes may occur in our community.

The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, walk with a friend and make use of RamSafe, VCU’s security escort service. For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read VCU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Get Adobe Reader and to share this information with other members of the community.

VCU is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting.