RICHMOND -- Police have identified two men who were shot -- one fatally -- during a fight between neighbors that erupted into gunfire Sunday afternoon.
Lester Williams III, 25, died at the scene, police said. His friend, 21-year-old Kionte Turner, was wounded.
Fredrick Lee Turner Sr., 55, the father of the injured man, said he was picking his friend up at her South Richmond home about 5:45 p.m., when a "petty argument" turned deadly within minutes.
Turner said his friend made a comment about the neighbor sitting on her porch, and a festering dispute exploded into racial epithets. The woman and her husband, who Turner said are Hispanic, hurled slurs at Turner and his friend, who are black.
When things turned violent, Turner said he called out for his sons to back him up. His two sons and three of their friends then ran the two blocks from their homes to Virginia Avenue and South 12th Street, Turner said.
That's when the Hispanic man ran inside, grabbed a gun, and began firing at them, Turner said. His son Kionte Turner was wounded, and the son's friend, Williams, died at the scene. Authorities confirmed the identity of the two victims Monday.
"I begged him to hold on," Turner said. "The last thing I saw they were zipping up the bag. My God, it happened so fast."
Police have made no arrests and did not identify any suspects Monday, but are following up on the investigation. Williams is Richmond's sixth homicide of the year. The younger Turner suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and "will be fine," said Lt. Andre Hill of Richmond police.
"It was like a mountain out of a molehill. It was very petty. We would appreciate it if they would move," the elder Turner said of the suspected gunman and his family. "It's best they get up out of here as soon as possible."