RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A crime alert out of Henrico County, where police say a gunman opened fire on a man as he showed up for work this morning.
It happened in front of Henkels & McCoy, Inc., located on Anniston St. in the county's east end, where police say the man was shot after he told the gunman the company wasn't hiring.
Gene Hubbard is a very early riser. Work began at 5:30 a.m., and by 6:00, he could not believe what he was hearing.
"All of a sudden I hear five gunshots. Pow, powpow, pow pow. And I just ducked, behind the van, because it was real close," said Hubbard, who works for PGW Auto Glass.
Across the street, a man was nearly killed. Police say the victim showed up for work at Henkels & McCoy when another man walked up to ask if they were hiring. A strange question so early in the morning, but the answer was "No" - and that's when the gun came out.
Gene didn't see it, but he knew enough to take cover.
"I just thought about it for a minute, and I'm like, in my mind yeah, those are gunshots. I know what gunshots is. My only thing that I could think of was to jump behind the van, 'cause I didn't want no stray bullets coming in here hitting me," Hubbard said.
Police say the victim was grazed by one of the bullets then drove off, and the gunman did too. The workday appeared to go on as if nothing happened, but the crew at this construction yard was shaken...one of their own, targeted, for reasons that remain unclear.
Gene went back to work, too, telling us that the shooting won't change much about his morning routine.
"I watch myself every day. Every day. I have to. Especially when I'm getting [to work] at 5:30 in the morning," he said.
Police say the victim -a man in his late 30's, who was not identified- suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Police are still looking for the gunman, and they aren't speculating on the motive for the shooting. However, they are investigating the likelihood that the gunman was looking for more than just a job.