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Dwayne Dominic Hines (SOURCE: Petersburg Police Department)

Dwayne Dominic Hines (SOURCE: Petersburg Police Department)

PETERSBURG, Va. — Police are searching for a suspect after a man was found shot to death shot to death outside a grocery store in Petersburg earlier this week.

Petersburg Police spokeswoman Esther Hyatt said late Friday that 44-year-old Dwayne Dominic Hines, of the 24000 block of Gaydell Drive in Dinwiddie County, was wanted on first-degree murder and firearm-related warrants in connection to Lawrence Johnson’s death.

Hines, who is a described as a black male with a dark complexion, is around five feet eleven inches tall and weighs about 245 pounds. He is bald, but has a full graying black beard. Officials also said Hines has brown eyes with dark spots in the whites of his eyes — especially in the left eye.

Police responded to reports of a shooting along the 300 block of Mistletoe Street in Petersburg at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to Petersburg Police spokeswoman Esther Hyatt.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the 27-year-old Johnson shot to death just outside the door at Shortt's Grocery.

He died at the scene from a gunshot wound before medical crews arrived.

A police source familiar with the investigation said the murder was captured on surveillance video at the store, and that police expect to name a person of interest in the case soon.

The owner of the store declined to do an interview, or share the surveillance video, but he said he was “in shock.”

This is the third murder along Harding Street since April 2014 and a police source told CBS 6 this neighborhood is the most dangerous in the City of Petersburg.

A 25-year-old man was shot and killed on the porch of a home there in April of last year.

And, just up the street is where federal marshals said Alexander Hill killed four people before setting the house in fire.

Police asked anyone with information about this homicide or any crime in the Petersburg or Dinwiddie County area to call Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.