Third suspect arrested in Richmond church shooting

| March 10, 2010

Richmond — A third suspect has been arrested in the shootings of a man and a boy during a Richmond church service on Valentine's Day, a brazen attack that drew national attention.

Richmond police this morning took into custody Marcel Buggs, 18, on charges including assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm. The Richmond resident had been under surveillance for more than a week, according to Richmond police Sgt. Bisa French.

"We've known pretty much since the beginning of the investigation that he was involved," French said.

Two juveniles ages 15 and 16 also were arrested last month in connection with the shooting at New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ on Feb. 14 – where, as worshippers sang "Leaning on Jesus," three males in hooded sweatshirts entered the sanctuary and stalked an aisle before one shot a 14-year-old boy in the shoulder and his 19-year-old brother in the leg.

The two juveniles arrested have since been released. French, however, said formal charges in the case can still be filed.

"We believe we have all the suspects," French said.

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