Neighbors react to recent armed robberies

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Police are ramping up patrols along the Jeff Davis corridor in Richmond after a store clerk was robbed and shot last night.

It happened around 10:00 at the Golden Food Market in the 2700 block of Jefferson Davis Highway.

It's the second time in a week that violence has struck in the area.

The victim in Friday night's shooting will live, but on Tuesday, a store clerk was shot and killed during a robbery."

Late Friday night, Richmond Police tell us two men dressed all in black entered this business armed with handguns.

They robbed the store clerk and shot him several times.

Luckily his injuries were not life-threatening.

Saturday morning, the crime tape was gone but the doors were locked and we were not allowed inside.

A store shut down as police continued their investigation.

Meantime residents are shocked and scared worried something like this could happen to them.

"This guy didn't do anything except come to work, do his job and go home to his family," said neighbor Donna Coates. "Now a friend of mine got killed down the road because of the same exact thing."

Less than a quarter mile down the road, the Come-and-Go Market remains closed after tragedy struck here Tuesday night.

Now a small flower pot remains.

A memory of a life lost.

"The victim was 30-year-old Ashraf Alatiyat, also known as Alex.

A $2500 reward is being offered by police for information leading to an arrest of the person responsible.

Residents are hoping police can track down the gunmen in both these cases.

They believe the violence is escalating and are worried it will happen again.

"It does scare me," said Donna. "I mean my kids come out here and play. Before I came, I think there was maybe one murder a year or two before I showed up. But nothings happened since I've been here besides these two things that just happened."

Police say it's unclear if these two incidents are related.

If you have any information about either crimes, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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