UPDATE: Richmond police pursuing suspect in shooting

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police are on the hunt for a gunman after a contract worker was shot and robbed in Hillside Court in South Richmond.

The shooting happened just before 8 a.m. this morning on Southlawn Drive. The victim is now fighting for his life at VCU Medical Center and the shooter is still on the run.

This neighborhood is no stranger to crime but this shooting has people more stumped than ususal.

This man, a contract worker, was trying to help make this neighborhood better and the people we spoke to are sad he wound up the victim of a violent crime.

"This is too close to me, I'm going to be dreaming about this tonight," according to a witness.

She did not want to show her face, but was willing to share her story. This morning, a man was shot and robbed right outside her window, a crime she says is too close to home. While scared, she can't say she's surprised.

"I've see kids getting shot, getting hit by cars, a man got killed over here not too long ago right down, right across the street over there," a resident said.

"I've been shot at myself, I've been shot with a gun, and I've been stabbed up by a knife," a she said.

Police say the gunman approached one of the contract workers who's been in this community lately helping with painting and maintence.

Witnesses say they heard the shooter ask for the man's necklace as the victim pleaded, please don't shoot me.

"That's stupid, why do they want a necklace from the painter and they had to turn around and shoot him to get his necklace? Why is that? I do not know," a resident said.

Neighbors we spoke with say it's a shame that this man got hurt while trying to help spruce up the neighborhood.

When our camera's arrived, police were in a frantic search canvassing the neighborhood.

"We have an active search underway, we have our unit in the air, and we are looking for this suspect," said Gene Leppley of the Richmond Police Department.

Folks here say gunshots are almost a daily sound but this robbery is prompting them to want change.

"I've lived here for 13 years, and i'm trying to get the heck out of here, as soon as I can find another house, I'm gone," said an unnamed resident.

Police are still searching for the gunman. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers. That number is 780-1000.

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