Father of 3, U.S. Army soldier killed, suspect charged with murder in Wawa shooting

Father of 3 killed in gas station shooting

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A man accused of shooting and killing a Chesterfield man at a Wawa in Chesterfield has been charged with murder following his arrest early Wednesday morning.

George Thomas Buschmann, 34, of no permanent address, is charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, felony eluding, possession of a firearm after being involuntarily committed and transporting a firearm while being subject to a protective order.

He is being held without bond in the Chesterfield County Jail and was arraigned Wednesday morning, and is due in court again in March.

Court documents show Buschmann was found guilty of a violating a protective order in 2017. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail after being in the home of a victim who had taken out a protective order against him. In December 2018 he was sentenced to 10 days in jail in Henrico for driving under a suspended license.

At 7:13 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the Wawa at Otterdale Road and Hull Street Road for a reported shooting. A victim, identified as Robert S. Gooch, IV, 34, of Chesterfield, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he later died.

Friends says Gooch was a father of 3 and soldier in the U.S. Army who served several tours in Afghanistan. A friend tells NBC 12 Gooch was set to retire on Friday.

As tributes continue to pour in on social media his mother wrote, “Walk with God, Talk with Jesus and Fly with the Angels," to honor her son.

NBC 12 discovered in video archives, that our team interviewed Gooch nearly 6 years ago. At the time, he was running a security company, and gave an on camera interview about the importance and benefits of home security.

Police said Gooch and the suspect did not know each other.

Police are investigating a motive for the shooting.

George Thomas Buschmann.
George Thomas Buschmann. (Source: Chesterfield police)

Chesterfield police said Buschmann led them on a pursuit early Wednesday that ended at I-295 and Route 301.

Law enforcement from five jurisdictions were involved in tracking the suspect.

The chase began around 1:15 a.m. when a Powhatan officer tried to stop a vehicle for speeding near Westchester Commons. The driver fled and police from Chesterfield, Henrico, Richmond and Hanover all joined in the pursuit.

“It was determined that the suspect vehicle had been reported stolen from Chesterfield County,” the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. “The pursuit continued into Chesterfield County, Richmond City and culminated in Henrico County when spike strips were deployed.”

Police said Gooch tried to get inside and ask for help after being shot.

"All of a sudden, the little girl ran in and she was screaming and then we heard gunshots,” Tracea Bolin, who was hiding inside the store, said.

Witnesses inside the Wawa said that the young girl was the victim’s daughter, who came inside screaming for help when her father was shot.

"When we finally got out, we saw the man and he was bleeding and we were just praying for him...,” Bolin said.

Friends confirmed that Gooch had served several tours in Afghanistan and was set to retire soon.

The Wawa is located nearby Cosby High School and the Hampton Park neighborhood.

A Chesterfield Public Schools spokesperson said Cosby High School was not on lock down, but police did go to the school out of an abundance of caution.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Chesterfield police 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-066.

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