Fatal shooting under investigation in small town of Victoria

Published: Jun. 16, 2017 at 2:08 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 19, 2017 at 10:04 AM EDT
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VICTORIA, VA (WWBT) - A fatal shooting on Thursday in a small town has left a community shaken.  A man was found shot to death on Main Street in the town of Victoria, which is in Lunenberg County. Right now, Virginia State Police say no charges have been filed.

The store owner of Little B's convenience store says the man who was killed -- 34-year-old Milton T. Gaither of Dinwiddie -- was trying to rob his store around 9 p.m.

Police said Monday that Gaither was wearing a mask, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. As Gaither fled the store, shots were fired.

Gaither ran across the parking lot and collapsed on 6th Street. He died at the scene.

"As I pulled into my driveway, I could hear all these sirens and whew, they came flying past my house!" said one man, who has lived in the small town since 1995.

Investigators say a man had been shot to death around 9:20 p.m.

"You have something like this happen, God, once every 10 to 20 years, or something like that I guess," said Steven Hurt.

The owner of Little B's convenience store says it was a robbery. He says a clerk shot the alleged robber, but he did not want to give any more information.

Throughout the day Friday, customers were checking in.

"Just see how he was doing, to see how everything was going," said Hurt.

Some people had strong opinions about the man they say was only trying to protect his business.

"He's a savior! A hero," says one customer, who did not want to give his name. "That man defended his family. In my eyes that's a hero. I hope there's no repercussions for him."

Still, it has left many people here shaken.

"I had to pray for the people in this store, and even the family of the young man," said Ingrid Minnix. "Because it's so sad. Within a second, there is two families destroyed."

Virginia State Police are now taking the lead in the investigation. No charges have been filed.

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