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Employees, neighbors take extra caution after Henrico security guard shooting

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Henrico police are continuing the search for a person they believe is connected to the shooting of Henrico security guard. A surveillance camera pictures shows a man wearing a black sweatshirt and baseball cap, inside the Food Lion in the Oak Hill Shopping Center.

Meanwhile, neighbors in the area are coming together, to help the shopping center, and its employees, stay safe.

Derrell Jones and Michael Rozier are coworkers at a store a few shops down from the Food Lion.

"It's a little nerve wracking, right now," said Jones of the recent shooting.

A Food Lion security guard was shot in the neck, Monday night. Rozier was familiar with the victim.

"He was a nice guy…I come shop here because I live locally. So, when I'm with my daughter, he spoke to her a couple times," said Rozier.

Now, the coworkers watching out for one another, extra carefully.

"When we close the store, we all leave together. We all kind of park next to each other, and make sure no one is alone," continued Rozier.

"I'm always aware of my surroundings. I'm always aware of everyone who comes in the store," added Jones.

The front door to one hair salon is kept locked not just after hours, but all the time. Employees say they only let in customers.  However, it's not just employees on high alert. Richard Hatcher organizes the local neighborhood watch. He says his phone hasn't stopped ringing.

"Since this incident happened, more people are getting involved...'We want to come to your meeting. We want to see what we can do,'" said Hatcher.
    
Hatcher also says the group is ready to help keep employees safe, along with everyone who visits the shopping center.

"Our next step is to come to the merchants, to pull them together, to have them work with us, to see what we can do, problem solve with incidents like this," continued Hatcher.

If you recognize the man in this surveillance picture, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. It's anonymous.

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