Neighbors react to hotel clerk shooting

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (NBC12) - The desk clerk at a Chesterfield hotel is in the hospital with serious injuries after being shot in the stomach.

The shooting happened last night just before 9:00 at the La Quinta Inn off Willis Road.

Those who live and work in the area are worried it will happen again.

This is the second time in a week this hotel was the target of a crime.

Last saturday a clerk was robbed at gunpoint.

Then last night the shooting.

As the violence escalates so does the fear.

In the daylight there's nothing showcasing a violent crime.

But rewind to about 9:00 Friday night and you'd see crime tape and police dogs after a hotel desk clerk is rushed to the hospital suffereing from a gunshot wound to the stomach.

Police can't confirm this yet, but those living and working nearby feel certain robbery motivated this crime.

"It's unbelievable. It's scary to think that the economy has gotten so bad that nobody is safe anywhere whether you are in a good part of town or down here in a lower end hotel. It's really just no safety anywhere," said one woman too nervous to identify herself.

A woman living at a hotel just down the road from the La Quinta Inn says friday night's shooting hits close to home.

"I used to work in that area at another nearby hotel and really it's just a quiet area and I can't imagine that anybody would rob anybody over there. They don't even keep an excessive amount of cash in the drawer. Most people that get hotel rooms pay with credit cards."

While shocked and scared by the crime, she has an idea of why Willis Road is such a hot target for criminals.

"There's such an easy access to I-95," she said. "I think it makes for an easy escape route. I know that several of the convenience stores up there have been robbed."

Many of the hotels in this area are managed by the same people that run this La Quinta Inn so we had trouble getting employees to go on camera.

Off-camera they tell us they are staying alert, praying for their co-worker, and hoping for the best.

If you have any information to help police, call Chesterfield Crimesolvers.

That number is 748-0660.

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