RICHMOND -- A 64-year-old Richmond woman shot and killed Wednesday night may have been shot by someone angry about her son's work as an auto mechanic, police said.

Police said Bonnita Todd was inside her small apartment home in the 100 block of 20th Street just before 11 p.m. when someone fired more than a dozen rounds from a high-powered rifle through the apartment's wall, police said.

Todd was hit multiple times in the torso and taken to a hospital, where she died, police said. She was the 11th homicide victim in Richmond in 2013.

Todd's 42-year-old son, who also was inside the home, was grazed by the gunfire but wasn't seriously injured, police said. Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan said detectives believe he was the target.

The son works as a freelance auto mechanic, and Gagan said police believe the shooter may have been a disgruntled customer.

"This looks like a tragic killing of an unintended victim," Gagan said. "We think the victim's son was the intended target."

Five adults, including Todd's son, were in the first-floor corner apartment when the shooting occurred. No one else was hit.

The shooting occurred in Richmond's Iron Triangle neighborhood.

Gagan said the department is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Police ask that anyone with information call 510-232-TIPS or Det. Danny Wellhausen at 510-620-6860.


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