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Business owner shot during South Richmond robbery

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Richmond Police are investigating a shooting that has a South Richmond business owner fighting for his life. Police tell us around 8:30 p.m. Friday the victim was approached by two men, one of them with a gun, in the 3500 block of Hull Street.

Officers say the victim was shot in front of his business. He is now in serious condition at VCU Medical Center. We are being told that robbery is the motive in this case.@

T's New & Used tire Shop has been in South Richmond on Hull Street for the past 13 years. Manager chuck Felvus told us today that this has always been a high crime area.

He wasn't surprised to hear about the shooting that happened next door at Mike's auto and body repair because he says it isn't the first time the place has been robbed.

Police tell us Friday night the owner was approached by two men while he was closing his shop and switching license plates on cars in the parking lot. Police told us that one of the men pulled a gun. They say during the robbery shots were fired striking the shop owner in the right side of his chest.

This recent incident has people who work nearby like Felvus and others living in the community on alert.

"I was kind of scared to come in here this morning but I don't think he should be here this late at night," Felvus said.  

After the shooting that happened here in the Swansboro area last night people say they are even more nervous to go out after dark.

"This is nowhere to be around at night time, this is not. I would advise no one to be walking or nothing. This is not the area to be around at night," Reese said.   

Kelton Reese grew up in this neighborhood. Since then things have change. Reese believes a lot of the criminal acts are being committed by young people.

"They just think they can take something from somebody else, there is just no respect, they have lost all of their respect and values," Reese said.

Meanwhile police are still looking for suspects who fled the scene of the shooting. Chuck Felvus says he's already looking into more security measures to protect his business and employees.

What he wants is more police presence in the area at night that could possibly reduce or stop these robberies and shootings.

"Sometimes you see them on the bicycles but you only see like two and then you don't see them anymore that day," Felvus said.

Police do not have a good description of the suspects at this time. If you have any information about this crime, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. You don't have to give your name or phone number.

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