UPDATE: Southside murder victim identified, suspect remains at large

Michael Alonzo Robinson Jr.
Michael Alonzo Robinson Jr.

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - UPDATE (3/18/12) Richmond Police have identified the victim in this homicide as 29-year-old Jerrod D. Oliver. The suspect, 27-year-old Michael Alonzo Robinson, Jr. remains at large.

UPDATE: The Richmond Police Department needs the public's assistance in finding a robbery suspect wanted in connection with a fatal shooting early Friday.

Michael Alonzo Robinson Jr., 27, is wanted for robbery and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for an incident that occurred shortly before 2 a.m. in the 1500 block of Columbia Street.

Robinson is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. His last known address is in the 11000 block of North Lodore Road in Amelia, Va. He poses a threat to the public.

Anyone who knows Robinson or his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word "ITip" followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police are on a man hunt for the gunman behind a deadly shooting in Richmond's Southside.  A young man was murdered on the 1500 block of Columbia street near Jefferson Davis Highway.

Investigators and crime scene units were at the home for several hours Friday morning. John Anderson says he heard several gun shots around 2:00 a.m. At first, he thought it was a dream.

"It's kind of disturbing a little bit," said Anderson.

When he looked outside and saw several cop cars and EMS crews, he knew it was real. Police say a man in his 20s was shot several times outside a home on Columbia street. They say he died later at the hospital. Police haven't said what led up to the shooting.

"I knew it was inside the house," Anderson said. "It's a quiet neighborhood. Everybody stays to themselves. They're cordial. You don't see any violence in this part of the neighborhood."

He doesn't want to see any violence here either, especially since he has to take care of four children. Several families have kids on this street too. It also upsets Valerie Thomas who grew up in this neighborhood. She moved back 15 years ago. She's heard of crime in the area, but not this close to her home just a few houses down.

"I just had no idea this was going on until I woke up this morning," said Thomas. "It's always a surprise to see a life lost.

"You take somebody's life, you have to suffer the consequences of that," Anderson added.

Police say the shooter was last seen running south on Columbia street in the direction of Mimosa street. Now neighbors, like Anderson and Thomas, are on higher alert. They're doing everything they can to protect their families.

Police say they're still looking for the shooting suspect. If anyone saw or heard anything, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Your tips can remain anonymous.

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