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RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) – Opinions about the 300 block of East Broad Street differ, depending on who you ask.

“This is a very safe area,” Richmond Police Captain John O’Kleasky said.

“To me it’s a little sketchy,” VCU student Chemin Waiters chimed in.

The college sophomore said the sense of sketchiness was amplified after learning a worker at Victoria Jewelers was shot to death Monday afternoon.

“It’s shocking, very shocking in my opinion,” Waiters said.

The crime happened around 4 p.m., in an area full of pedestrians and bus riders.

The day after the shooting, police continued their investigation.

“We do believe robbery was the motive,” Capt. O’Kleasky said. “We’re asking for the public’s help in this incident.”

Police identified the shooting victim as Muhammad H. Baig, 29, of Henrico.

“I think you can live in the Metro and I think things like this can happen…and I think you can life in the suburbs and things like this can happen,” Waiters said. “It just has to do with the people.”

Police have not released any information on a possible suspect. If you have any information that could help detectives, call CRIME STOPPERS at (804) 780-1000.

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