RICHMOND, Va. -- Police released a photo of the man wanted in a Tuesday afternoon convenience store shooting that left a 58-year-old store clerk in the hospital with life threatening injuries. Richmond Police detectives said the man walked into the One Stop Food Mart at 3701 Meadowbridge Road around 5 p.m. Tuesday and shot the clerk during a robbery attempt.
"The suspect is believed to have approached the store from the direction of Pensacola Avenue, entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money," Richmond Police spokesman James Mercante said. "During the robbery attempt the suspect shot the employee and fled the store on foot."
The clerk, affectionately known as Papi, was hit in the chest and leg.
"He shot him over here and it looked like Papi was running, and he shot him again," Shareef Khataybh, whose father owns the store, said. "He did it really fast. Papi put his hands up and said, 'What do you want?' and the guy started shooting."
Police stayed in the neighborhood near the Richmond-Henrico line overnight in a show of force. The community is angry about the violence and praying Papi survives.
"Nobody should be done like that," neighbor Cynthia Armstrong said. "He's good people, a brother of the neighborhood. He's caring and sharing."
Police described the suspect as a black male, approximately 5’ 10” tall and weighing approximately 170 pounds. He was wearing a black cap, black material which covered his neck and head, a black mask, a white t-shirt under a button-down striped shirt, black gloves and black low-top shoes.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Janet Mills at (804) 646-6734 or call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.