CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Chesterfield County Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection to the shooting of a man in a Chesterfield Walmart parking lot Sunday evening.
Police believe the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Justin O. Gay, met the victim and others to distribute illegal narcotics in the parking lot at the 12200 block of Chattanooga Plaza. During this transaction, police say Gay shot the victim.
The victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but police say he is expected to survive.
Gay has been charged with malicious wounding, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in relation to the incident.
The business was operating as usual Monday morning, but shoppers were shocked by the news.
“There are so many families that come here shopping with children, shopping for school supplies and groceries,” said Teresa Lanzarone. “It’s just very, very shocking.”
An investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone with information to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251.
This report was written with additional reporting by 8News Reporter Autumn Childress.