PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A convenience store clerk died at the hospital after a shooting in Petersburg on Tuesday night, according to the Petersburg Police Department.
The shooting happened just after 9:30 p.m. at the store located at 28 South West St.
"The party walked in and fired a shot," said Lt. Emanuel Chambliss Wednesday morning.
Chambliss said the victim was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
"He would go far beyond the call of duty," said Bessie Jacobs, a frequent customer. "He would give them their order, and then give them a second order for free. I mean all the time. They would come with big boxes of French fries."
People from the community arrived at the Fast Shop Deli on South West Street early Wednesday morning.
Many of them placed flowers and balloons on the door to the store in memory of the man who died.
"He was a jewel in this neighborhood and he is going to be greatly missed," Jacobs said. "It's not fair. He is one of the few people around that will do the right thing. He'd be kind to everybody, he didn't have an enemy."
"He did everything he could possibly do to please everybody," said Will Godette, another frequent customer. "It didn't make no difference what race, color - he gave his heart."
Police have not released the man's name, as next of kin is still being notified.
"He's known my whole family for years," Godette said. "The last time I saw him was around 8:30 last night and we were just standing there laughing. He was just a loving person and always showed me pictures of his home and family."
Police said the man was of middle eastern descent. People in the community said he was a religious, and would pray often.
"Every day he would close his store to say his mid-day prayer," Jacobs said. "We all honored that. We would wait for him because we respected his religion."
"He was more than what people see," Godette said. "What is on the inside is what he had. His heart - he had a big heart for everybody."
Chambliss said they believe one shot was fired in the store, and nothing was taken.
"There was one other party inside the business when the incident happened," he said. "It was an employee cleaning up. He has only identified one person coming into the store when the incident occurred."
Police are searching for a man with a black mask and green hoodie, but have not named any suspects. No other details for the suspect are available at this time.
Authorities are still trying to get a hold of surveillance video from inside the store.
"The whole neighborhood knew him and knew the kind of person he was," Jacobs said. "He has always been so kind and everybody loved him. Everybody loved him and he was really outstanding. He was really outstanding."
"The public is angry," Chambliss said. "They're angry because we just had one murder two days ago and then the one last night. They're upset."
"It's not fair," Jacobs said. "[He was] the few people that we have around here that will do the right thing. Be kind to everybody. He did not have an enemy."
"He was a great man," Godette said. "He'll truly be missed. When I heard about it last night, it grieved me because I had just left here."
The Petersburg Police Chief will meet with community members Wednesday night for a discussion regarding these recent incidents.
Those who wish to attend can swing by Emanuel Apostolic Church located at 104 Slagle Avenue Petersburg, Virginia 23803 at 7 p.m.
Anyone with information about either shooting should call Petersburg Crime Solvers at 804-861-1212.
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