Victim's friend urges murder suspect to come forward

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A killer is on the run and the victim's friend is pleading for the shooter to come forward. Richmond Police say a man was shot around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, inside the William Byrd Senior Apartments on West Broad Street.

The victim's friend says it was the un-welcome visit to his door that turned into a real-life nightmare and took a father away from his little girl.

Frankie Powell says he's still trying to come to terms seeing his friend die before his eyes.

"I have been through hell," said Powell. "Trust me."

Powell says he and several other friends were hanging out inside his apartment into the early morning hours Sunday when one of his friends knocked, but when he opened the door, a stranger with a gun was with him.

"I told you to never bring anybody to my house," said Powell to his friend. "The guy gets angry and whips out this gun. He says don't waste my time. Just give me your money."

Powell says the gunman barged in.

"He pushed me down on this chair and said sit the hell down and don't get up," Powell added.

Powell says he moved into the bedroom and started pulling out the drawers looking for money. His friend was in the bathroom with the door locked.

"My friend Scott says you need to leave because I've already called police," Powell recalled.

According to Powell, the gunman managed to get the door open, and fire the deadly shot. Powell says he was afraid he'd be next, so he ran out of his apartment towards the stairwell and returned moments later to see his friend face down in a pool of blood.

"Then I see my friend down the floor not verbally able to respond - just gasping letting me know that he was still there," Powell noted.

He flipped the emergency switches in his room. Moments after police arrived, he says his friend was dead.

"Scott would give you the shirt off his back," Powell added. "He's loud but he just likes to have a good time."

He says his friend who was in his 40's also had a four-year old daughter.

"He truly loved that little girl," Powell said with a smile. "She's all he talked about. "My friend who brought him here needs to come forward and tell the police who this guy is, because he's the only person who knows him."

Officers say they're also looking at surveillance video taken from cameras outside the apartment building.

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