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Police step up patrols near scene of triple shooting

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Police say they are getting closer to tracking down the gunman in a triple shooting in Richmond's east end. Among the victims is a young boy.

Wednesday, there were extra patrols outside the Fine Food store on Government Road. Nearly a dozen officers hit the streets to try to solve the case.

Tuesday night, three people were found shot in the store's parking lot. The shooter remains at large. Now, one community group is saying enough is enough.

Flashing lights and crime tape outside the neighborhood convenience store shook the heart of the community.

"Trying to figure out what we can do, because we've got to take some action," said Cheryl Groce-Wright with the Neighborhood Resource Center.

That's where community leaders are talking with police. Throughout the week, children come there to get away from violence.

"We want to be a safe place for them to come and develop positively," Groce-Wright said.

Tuesday night, a boy under the age of 10 was one of three people shot. Employees at the store say they want to cooperate in the investigation.

"We are like family. When we come in, we try to interact with them. They interact with us," said Ali Tahir.

He says the store has turned over surveillance video to detectives in hopes of finding the shooter.

"It's a neighborhood store. Before the incident happened, we had children and everybody walking in and out…I'm sure they weren't really targeting the kid, but why target anywhere around the kid in the first place?" Tahir said.

Customers say they're shocked someone would be so bold.

"If you have a problem with a person, there's a better way to resolve it. Just talk…If you need to, turn yourself in and please watch out for the children," said Cynthia Mines.

The Neighborhood Resource Center wants to see the community unite in stopping crimes and helping police.

"We have to stop being afraid of what's out there. We have to take care of our own, and taking care of our own means speaking up and saying what you know," Groce-Wright said.

She says this area has united lately to clean up the community and revitalize this business corridor and believes this shooting won't set them back.

At the time of the shooting, police were just blocks away and were able to respond within minutes. The three people caught in that gunfire are expected to be ok.

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