Brunswick County on manhunt for robbery and shooting suspect

Michael Maurice Walker
Michael Maurice Walker

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Authorities in Brunswick County said they fear a violent robber will strike again if they don't catch him soon.

31-year-old Michael Walker is wanted on three felony warrants in two convenience store robberies including one Monday night, where the owner was shot in the shoulder.

The store owner installed a surveillance camera to catch gas thieves but in this case captured a key clue. A surveillance snapshot with a familiar face!

Authorities said Michael Walker is no stranger to the Southside General Store that owner Iabrhmi Alshami or "Sam" has seen him around. Only Monday night, things got violent.

"He came in the door and pulled a gun on me," said Sam.

Sam said Walker was trying to hit the jackpot.

"So I opened the cashier. I give him all the money I got. He asked me where is the lottery money. I said I don't have any lottery here," said Sam.

Sam said he handed over everything he had including his car keys, then was forced to lie face down in the back room.

"As soon as I turned around, look at him and turn back, he shot me, so I don't move. I act like I'm out because I don't want him to come back and finish me," said Sam.

When the coast was clear, Sam called 911. His car was found abandoned about 15 miles away.

Authorities said they believe the same man robbed the Uppy's nearby overnight Friday.

"Right up the street there about 2:20 in the morning he comes in with a gun drawn, demands - give him money, fires a shot at the clerk, and misses the clerk," said Brunswick County Sheriff Brian Roberts.

Two days before the robbery, police gave Sam a copy of this surveillance picture from the first crime just down the road he actually had it by the register when the gunman walked in.

"I tried to go lock the door but too late," said Sam.

Detectives returned to show Sam a lineup on paper. Authorities said he picked out Walker.

"We've got to hurry up and stop this. I don't think he's going to stop," said Sheriff Roberts.

Sam said he was robbed during the holidays two years ago. But this is the first time he's been shot.

Less than 24 hours after his hospital visit, Sam was back at work, cleaning up his own blood.  He said he's fearful, but has to do his job.

"It's hard but I have to do it. Very hard, I have no choice," said Sam.

The suspected gunman got away with less than $400 combined.

If you know where Michael Walker is call the Brunswick Sheriff's Office, or Brunswick Crime Solvers at 866-884-5732.

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