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Henrico Man Killed in Jewelry Store Robbery

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Richmond Police are searching for the person who shot and killed a clerk during a robbery at a downtown jewelry store on Monday afternoon. Richmond Police are searching for the person who shot and killed a clerk during a robbery at a downtown jewelry store on Monday afternoon.
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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Richmond Police are searching for the person who shot and killed a clerk during a robbery at a downtown jewelry store on Monday afternoon.

Around 4 p.m. on May 5, officers were called to Victoria Jewelers at 509 E. Broad St. for a report of a person down. Police arrived on scene to find a male employee dead from an apparent gunshot wound and believe he was killed during an armed robbery.

On Tuesday, Richmond Police identified the victim as 29-year-old Muhammad H. Baig, of the 1300 block of Virginia Avenue in Henrico. The Medical Examiner will determine his cause and manner of death.

On Tuesday, April 29, the Richmond Police Department told ABC 8News that 14 homicides had been committed within the city limits so far this year, compared to six murders in the same time frame in 2013. On Thursday, May 1, a man was shot and killed at the Bramblewood Estates Apartments on Greenmoss Drive, and an 8-year-old boy was killed in the city’s south side later that night. Monday’s fatal shooting marks the city’s 17th homicide this year.

Many people in the area who knew the victim told ABC 8News Anchor/Reporter Ava-joye Burnett that he was a “nice guy” who had just gotten married.

“He’s just gone, he’s just gone,” said local store owner Falilou Gueye. “I just don’t believe it, don’t believe it. I’m very shocked.”

Business owner Awas Thiam said, “I feel bad, because he was a nice guy, very friendly. He never had no problem here, no problem.”

Police say the victim was the only person in the store at the time of the robbery and fatal shooting, and that he was shot at close range.

“We are very concerned about this incident, because for someone to come into a store and commit a horrendous act like this is a very brazen criminal,” said John O’Kleasky with Richmond Police.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers by calling 804-780-1000 or texting “iTip” followed by the tip to 274637.

“We cry, we cry, we all cry for him, because it’s so sad,” Thiam said.

One store owner told Burnett she may consider changing her store hours, because she’s worried for her workers’ safety.

“This Broad Street, everybody now is scared,” Thiam said. “I close my door, I lock my door for all time, because we are scared. We’re scared, we’re scared; it’s no good.”


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