(Editor’s note: This video may be hard to watch for some. Viewer discretion is advised.)
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Police are continuing their search for the man involved in an attempted robbery and shooting in broad daylight at a convenience store in Richmond yesterday.
Shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, police say that man wearing a mask walked into the One Stop Food Market, located in the 3700 block of Pensacola Avenue, pointing his gun at the store clerk.
The victim, 58-year-old Adel Shaanan, affectionately known as “Papi,” was shot twice — once in the chest and once in the side.
“He’s been to this neighborhood, like, a very honest man. A very giving, very nice guy, you know. Fair,” said Shareef Kahtaybh, a close friend.
Shaanan’s injuries were life threatening. 8News has learned that he’s also battling cancer and suffers from a heart condition.
Police say the suspect demanded money during the robbery attempt before shooting Shaanan and fleeing the store on foot.
Authorities are asking the public for help to find the man responsible.
“We’re reviewing video tape. We’re canvasing the area. We’re talking to witnesses and we’re asking for the community’s help,” Major Michael Shamus said.
As police continue to investigate the shooting, some 24-hours after the crime was committed, loyal customers of the store were shaken. For Mamie McCloud, the shooting hits too close to home, “I am very passionate about it because I had a daughter who got killed, she got shot, yes I am very compassionate about this. And, to shoot somebody just to walk in and shoot them yes I am very compassionate about that. I’m hoping they catch him and justice will be served,” said McCloud.
22-year old Jeremiah Lewis said the victim is like a father figure to him, Lewis said,” He was a nice guy every time I’d come here he would talk about football he was just a nice guy he would talk to me and he would say how you doing man and we would have motivational conversations,” stated Lewis.
Lewis added he hopes the police catch the suspect, “ I just hope they find whoever did this before karma does.”
Police are asking anyone who might know anything to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.