Richmond Police Chief Maintains Dogwood Dell Was Target

After Prosecutors Tell Judge They Don't Have Evidence of Location
Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith
Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith Photo credit Matt Demlein, WRVA

Richmond, Va. ( - Just hours after Richmond prosecutors told a Circuit Court Judge that they did not have evidence to present that Dogwood Dell was the target of an alleged mass shooting, Richmond Police Chief Gerald Smith told reporters it was the likely target. Smith based that on police work, information on in the case file, and information from the investigation.

Prosecutors dropped local charges against the two Guatemalan men in the case, Julio Alvarado-Dubon and Rolman Barcercel. The men are now being tried by the federal government. Dubon faces a charge of being in possession of a firearm by a person in the country illegally. Barcercel faces a charge of entering the country illegal.

The two were arrested in early July, accused of allegedly planning a mass shooting in Richmond. At the time of the arrests, officials maintained the target was Dogwood Dell. The men have not been charged with conspiracy or any shooting related crimes. Police say they were arrested following a tip.

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