UPDATE: Man shot in the face, two suspects on the run

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - An early morning shooting launched a manhunt in eastern Henrico County. It started around 4 a.m. on Gay Avenue near the Whistling Arrow neighborhood.

Earlier this morning, the manhunt was active and the road was blocked off by about a dozen police cars.

Those living along Gay Avenue woke up to flashing blue lights. Police were searching for at least two suspects and investigating a shooting that stemmed from a car break-in on whistling arrow drive.

Police say that the victim saw the suspects rifling through his car from inside the home, and that's when he came outside to confront them.

Officers said the victim came out wielding a bat, then jumped in his car and chased the suspects to the intersection of Gay and Hillbrook. That's when he was shot in the face.

Police happened to be patrolling the area and showed up right away. The suspects took off. The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.

People living in this area say they're shocked by what happened. Several people we spoke with described the neighborhood as quiet. One woman shared her thoughts but didn't want us to show her face.

"You don't want to have to worry about if you go to your mailbox is somebody watching you or is something going to happen to you, or is somebody going to come up and just attack you," she said.

Police say in most cases, you should leave situations like this to the professionals.

"If someone is going through your vehicle or if something on the onset looks suspicious, is to maybe observe and get the best possible description that you can and call the police department and relay all the information that you can," said Lt. H.C. Smith of Henrico County Police.

Police are following up on several leads and based on information they were getting from witnesses stopped searching this area shortly before 7 a.m. this morning. The suspects are described as young men, maybe teenagers.

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