RICHMOND -- Police are offering a $15,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in a shooting that may have left a 19-year-old woman paralyzed over the weekend.
The woman remains in stable condition at a hospital and possibly paralyzed, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. She was sitting in her home in the 3800 block of Waller Avenue on Saturday when gunfire from erupted outside around 8:40 p.m. The woman was hit, but two others in the home were not.
"There is no connection at all with this family and the shooting," Abetkov said. "There's no reason as to why. It's just straight-up random."
Abetkov said the woman was working full-time, saving up money to buy her family presents for Christmas and also was doing volunteer work in the city of Richmond.
"We don't know if this was a drive-by, if somebody was shooting at somebody else, or what," Abetkov said. "She was just sitting in her house."
Police at the scene Saturday found bullet shell casings but no suspects, Abetkov said. Since the shooting, police have been deluged with requests from the public about how to assist the family.
"We are hoping that anyone who has any information at all, no matter how small they think it might be, come forward," Abetkov said.
Those with information about the shooting are urged to call Detective Jason Wentz at 510-621-1259, and anonymous tips can be left at 510-232-TIPS.
Staff writer Katie Nelson contributed to this report. Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789, and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh.
Chris Solis, the brother of 19-year-old Dominique Romero, is asking the public's help to raise money to pay for the Romero family's hospital bills. Romero was struck by a stray bullet on Saturday while sitting in her home on Waller Avenue in Richmond.
Visit www.youcaring.com and search "Dominique's Miracle" to donate.