One shot at convenience store near Norfolk school

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 9 at 7:44 PM

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NORFOLK - A man was shot at a Norfolk convenience store, forcing a nearby school into lockdown for a short time.

Police spokeswoman Karen Parker-Chesson says it happened just before 11:00 a.m. at Tinee Giant on Robin Hood Road, close to Sherwood Forest Elementary School.

Police are looking for Alexic Tariq Rusell in connection to the shooting.  He is described as a black male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 225 pounds, with short, black hair and a light facial beard. 

Russell faces charges of malicious wounding, use of a firearm, possission of a firearm by a felon and discharge firearm within 1000 feet of a school.

Police say Russell is known to frequent Woolsey Street in Nofolk and is considered armed and dangerous. 

Vince Stephens' child attends the school. He says the principal told him the school day will carry on as normal but that he's welcome to pick up his son.

Javana Copeland picked up her four-year-old for safety's sake.

"Someone's shooting. You're not sure if they're in the school or outside the school, so it's real scary with what's been going on lately," she said.

She praised school officials, saying they did a good job of keeping students safe.

Norfolk Public Schools spokeswoman Elizabeth Mather said the school was on lockdown from around 10:50 a.m. until 11:10 a.m.

"Students and staff were well prepared. The school had just had a lockdown drill on January 4," she explained.

Sherwood Forest parents were being alerted via reverse phone call and a letter was being sent home as well, Mather stressed.

Police say the victim was in serious condition at the hospital.

Cab driver Ricky West says heard gunfire and then saw the shooting. He says more than a dozen shots were fired and he thinks the victim was hit several times. He'd stopped to see if he could help.

"He was still talking. I can't believe he was alive," West stated.

West had to stay at the scene for nearly two hours to help police in the investigation. 

Anyone with information should call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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