Shooting at gas station leaves one in critical condition

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A late night shooting at a local BP gas station leaves one person in critical condition with multiple gun shot wounds.

The suspect is still at large.

It happened in the 1600 block of West Broad near the Siegel Center.

"It was a rather wild moment here," said Richmond police spokesperson Gene Lepley. "There were dozens and dozens of people in the area when the shots were fired."

That's definitely not what you want to hear police describe the area across from where you work.

But for Robert Thompson, who works at the Firehouse Theatre across the street from the BP, it's a reality he's faced two weeks in a row.

Officers responded just last weekend for random gunfire in the same area.

"It kind of freaks me out to know such crime goes on this close to where I work," he said.

Richmond police say around 10:30 Friday night some sort of fight broke out with people both inside the convenience store and in the BP parking lot.

EMS transported one victim to VCU Medical Center for emergency surgery.

This morning no one at the gas station was available to comment on the crime.

Less than a week ago, we told you about another call of shots fired just next door in the parking lot of the Lowe's.

"I heard two shots, which I thought were fireworks at first," said Thompson. "Then my friends and I heard screams and a bunch more shots being shot off. Before we could even grab our phones to dial 911 we heard sirens."

While police are still looking for suspects and motives, Thompson is tired of leaving work to find a crime scene.

"It just doesn't seem worth it to have to send somebody to the hospital over something that stupid," he said.

The Firehouse Theatre has been here for twenty years and managers tell us they've never before had these kinds of problems in the area.

(c) 2010 WWBT, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.