Man charged with murder in East Broad Street shooting

Brian M Tyler, 36, was charged with murder. (Source: Richmond police)
Brian M Tyler, 36, was charged with murder. (Source: Richmond police)
Published: Mar. 25, 2018 at 7:49 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2018 at 7:07 PM EDT
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East Broad Street (Source: NBC12)
East Broad Street (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police have charged a man with murder following a shooting on East Broad Street on Sunday afternoon.

Brian M. Tyler, 36, of Powhatan, was charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony after being taken into custody by Virginia Commonwealth University police Sunday.

The shooting happened right outside of a Subway near 4th Street around 3:15 p.m. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds.

Brandon W. Ruffin, 29, died after being transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

"He didn't deserve to be executed like that! he was a sweet guy," explained his friend Audrey Seay. "I'm shaking. I was out here. I'm tired of the crime like that."

Police believe the shooting was an isolated incident.

Aziz Amro, the owner of Krispy Krunchy Chicken, said Ruffin was a nice guy, who often came into the store and would occasionally help out the staff. Amro said he heard the shots fired right next door to his business and rushed outside, working alongside a nurse who had stopped their car to help.

"I'm confused. I feel like I let him down," said Seay. "I couldn't save him."

A woman, who was across the street from the shooting, recalled what happened.

"When I heard the guns go flying, I ran for cover," said the witness.

She said she was sitting at the bus stop across the street and saw three men approach the victim, who was standing outside of the Subway.

"All of a sudden, three guys came and shot him two times in the chest and one in the head," said the woman.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died, police said.

She said the scene left her traumatized.

"That's the kind of stuff you see on TV, but to witness it in person, I'm tired. I'm tired," said the woman.

The witness was fighting back tears and said it does not make sense.

The witness told us her heart breaks for the victim even though she did not know him.

As the investigation continues, all this woman wishes for now is for the violence to stop.

"There's no right. I'm tired of our people, black people, negro black people killing one another. That's what I want to add - it's ridiculous," said the woman.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death.

Detectives believe this was an isolated incident.

East Broad Street between 3rd and 5th streets were closed for hours.

Anyone with any information on this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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