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RICHMOND -- A man and a teenage boy were in critical condition after being shot Thursday morning when they answered a knock on their apartment door, police said.

A shooter or shooters came knocking at about 10:55 a.m. at a Crescent Park apartment on the 4900 block of Bayview Avenue, said Sgt. Nicole Abetkov.

When the door opened, gunfire erupted. A man in his 20s was shot in the hip, and a teenage boy was wounded in the stomach and leg, Abetkov said. Both were taken to a trauma center, where they were listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

Another adult and two small children were inside the apartment at the time but were not injured, police said.

A motive for the shooting was not immediately known and no suspect information was released.

By 1:30 p.m., the Crescent Park housing project, distinctive for its cul de sacs and earth tones, appeared back to normal. Workers sawed away at overgrown trees and children walked the sidewalks.

The supervisor at the complex's main office declined to comment and referred inquiries to the corporate communications office EAH Housing, which runs the complex.

Minutes later, two men who identified themselves as complex security drove up in a white SUV and ordered a reporter to leave the premises and not talk to residents on the property.


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Crescent Park has been the site of numerous shootings, some fatal, over the years. In April, 30-year-old Melinda Leketia Gaffney was arrested for the Crescent Park killing of 16-year-old Terrance Folks.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.