Police: Henrico clerk gunned down during robbery

Police: Henrico clerk gunned down during robbery

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico Police continue to search for the person who gunned down a store clerk over the weekend. 35-year-old Rajulbhai "Raj" Naginbhai Patel was shot outside the Tobacco Town convenience store on Wilkinson Road Friday night. Police say this was a robbery.

The family did not want to go on camera but were gathered to say goodbye on Monday. Customers did speak to NBC12. They say Patel leaves behind a young family and they hope somebody out there will come forward with information.

A small memorial is now growing outside the store. There are stuffed animals, bible verses and candles.

"When found out it was the owner of the store Raj, I was like in shock because he's a nice guy," says Briauna Bell, who works near by and is a frequent customer.

Customer say they are now thinking of Patel's family. They say he has two young children and was the breadwinner.

"He was always here from open to close," says Bell.

"He never bothered anybody," says Asia Hunt, another customer. "He always talked about his wife and his kids"

It happened Friday night after 10 p.m., when customers say Patel was closing up. The Pizza Hut was the only business open that night. An employee tells NBC12 that other employees heard a scuffle in front of the store. Somebody called 911, but by the time employees got there, they say they saw Patel's body in front of the store.

There are surveillance cameras, but police have not released any images.

More police can be seen patrolling the Chamberlayne Farms shopping center on Wilkinson Road. Customers are pleading for anyone with information to come forward.

"The family deserves it," says Bell. "We all deserve it. We all want to know that we're safe and sound being on the strip.

People who work here say the store had been robbed before. If you know anything that could help police, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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