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Henrico police still searching for Food Lion shooting suspects


Police are seeking two suspects in the shooting of a security guard outside the Food Lion in the Oak Hill shopping center on Mechanicsville Turnpike Monday night.

Authorities said Tuesday that they spoke with two men identified on Monday and determined they were not involved in the shooting. 

Authorities said the guard, a 45-year-old man, was shot outside in front of the store. He received non-life-threatening injures and was transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment. The guard is expected to recover, authorities said.

Witnesses reported hearing a gunshot and saw an armed man fleeing from the scene. The same witnesses went back inside the Food Lion and said they saw a security guard on the floor suffering from injuries. The witnesses said the guard was awake and talking to first responders.

"Why you want to come up here and shoot a security guard for?" questioned witness Michael Colcleaser. "How stupid can you be?"

K-9 units were on scene within minutes. Henrico Policed also brought out the police plane.

"I was just more concerned for the security guard," said Michael. "He got shot back here in the neck region."

The suspects were last seen running on foot in the direction of Oak Hill Lane, just west of the shopping center.  Police searched the neighborhood late into the evening.

"I know crime can follow you anywhere," said Andrea Olds who lives behind the store. "But that's too close to home. It makes me want to shop while I'm at work in Chesterfield. That was a security guard that was shot. They are supposed to help protect us."

Store managers decided to close the store for the night. Anyone with information regarding this offense is asked to contact Henrico Police at (804) 501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word "ITip" followed by your tip.  Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.  

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