Man pleads guilty to three murders in April, including shootings in Belt Atlantic apartment

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Kevon Bynum pleaded guilty in court Friday to the murder of Sharnez Hill, 30, and his 3-month-old daughter, as well as Vinshaun Johnson, 18.

Hill and her daughter were two of five people shot dead in Belt Atlantic apartments on Midlothian Turnpike on April 27. The other three victims were taken to hospital. The other victims were Hill’s 11-year-old niece, a 15-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman.

The shots were fired at an open courtyard in the apartment complex which Richmond said was full of children. Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith described the two women and three girls as innocent bystanders taking advantage of the sunny weather outside when shots started to be fired.

Bynum pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder and three counts of malicious injuries in connection with the shooting. There are four other suspects still waiting for the trail for the mass shooting. Richmond Police previously identified the suspects as the twin of Kevon Bynum, Kavon Bynum, Donald Hemmings, Shyheem Martin and Shamondrick Perry.

He also pleaded guilty to killing Johnson in an April 7 shooting on Montvale Avenue. Bynum has pleaded guilty to a charge of first degree murder and a firearm charge in connection with Johnson’s murder.

Richmond police said the 18-year-old was shot and killed around 4:30 a.m. Police were called to the scene that morning when they found Johnson unconscious on the pavement. Another teenager was removed from the scene with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Bynum was first indicted in connection with the Belt Atlantic shooting, then in June Richmond Police announced that he had been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, murder, malicious injury and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a crime in connection with the Montvale Avenue shooting.

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