HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A murder in one of Richmond's housing projects is hitting home in Short Pump. The community is mourning a beloved Martin's employee who died after being shot in a robbery Friday. Late Wednesday afternoon, Richmond Police told NBC12 they don't believe the incident in Mosby Court was random.
In the Martin's Short Pump Crossing store, employees now wear a black ribbon in honor of their coworker and friend Gary Green. Customers sent flowers with notes, describing Gary as wonderful and funny. Regional Vice President Jim Scanlon said the company is feeling the loss of the two-time associate of the quarter.
"He embodied the spirit, the passion that we would love to have in all of our associates and that we strive for," Scanlon explained. "He was a remarkable person and that's why our customers are reaching out to us."
Patricia Ready actually called our station, wanting to talk about the hole Gary Green's death is leaving.
"Gary was an angel," she said. "He was kind and helpful."
Friday evening Green and another person were in the 1900 block of Redd Street when two men robbed them. One of the assailants shot Green. He died at the hospital three days later.
We still don't know exactly why Green, who lived in Henrico, was in Mosby Court that night.
Richmond Police arrested 28-year-old Russell Johnson on several charges but so far not murder. Investigators told us this afternoon they're not sure if Johnson is the shooter, but they know he played a role in the incident.
RPD is looking for at least one other suspect but doesn't have an identification yet. Detectives are hoping someone in the area saw something that could help solve the case.
Ready has a message for the suspects.
"How dare you," she said as tears streamed down her face. "How dare you take away the life of an angel that was put on this earth?"
She explained her friend was trying to start a new life after moving from New Jersey and now sees the reason he came here as ironic.
"He said that he did not feel safe walking down the street," she said of Green. "He said that he could be either robbed or mugged or killed but here in Virginia he felt extremely safe."
Martin's plans to donate money to help the family with funeral costs.