Jewelry store employee killed in downtown Richmond robbery

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The search is on for the suspect who shot and killed a jewelry store clerk during a robbery Monday afternoon. Richmond police say, it happened around 4:00p.m. at Victoria Jewelers on East Broad Street.

Detectives say, they're going over surveillance video but have yet to release a suspect description.

While the store owners declined to speak with us, the surrounding business community did.

Awa Thiam owns a hair braiding shop right across the street from Victoria Jewelers. She says, everyone knows the victim as "Sunny."

"He's a great guy and a great person," she said. "When the police lady came in here and asked if I saw anything, I cried because I know him."

Richmond police sectioned off both the front and back entrances to the store and said they were interviewing witnesses.

According to one witness, a couple walked into the store and found the clerk dead on the floor. Everyone NBC12 spoke with said, they never heard gunshots.

Timothy Jones owned a barber shop on East Broad for ten years and says he knows Sunny's family.

"The family is distraught and they're feeling the loss," said Jones. "This is very senseless, as a matter of fact, this guy was a good person he loved life."

However, Jones says that the East Broad corridor is no stranger to violent crime.

"Right in this surrounding area, there's been a concentration of negativity where the predators come to rob, steal, now kill."

Richmond police are still looking for witnesses to speak with. If you can help, call the non-emergency number of Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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