UPDATE: Cops Probe Shooting, Beating At Clover Hill Store
Shop Owner, Wife Attacked Saturday
Editor's Note: This is an update from a story posted earlier today. Click here to see the original story.
CLOVER HILL — Police are looking for a “slender, black man,” who investigators say shot and killed one person and severely beat another at a Clover Hill mom-and-pop shop, before fleeing on foot Saturday night.
Eun Sim Kim, 51, wife of the shop's owner, died at the scene. Initial reports indicated that her husband, Jae Young Kim, 54, also had been shot, but police say that has not yet been confirmed.
Rockingham County Sheriff’s investigators arrived at the Dry River Store, located at 1228 Clover Hill Road, at about 5:30 p.m. Police say someone had called 911 and told dispatchers that the two victimswere found on the floor. It's unclear if the call came from a customer, but investigators are aware of the caller's identity.
Mr. Kim was taken by ambulance to the Clover Hill Volunteer Fire Company. From there, fire and rescue squad members quickly removed snow from a field so AirCare 5, a medical helicopter, could land on the site.
He was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville where he underwent surgery. His current condition is unknown.
Police say they have surveillance video of the suspect. They say he entered the store and shot Mrs. Kim with a handgun and severely beat Mr. Kim. The suspect was wearing a green vest with a red shirt underneath. He then fled on foot toward Roberson Road, police said.
Around 9 p.m., an employee with a security system company arrived on scene. An investigator, along with Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson, left the scene with the employee and a computer found in the store.
Hutcheson said the computer contained the surveillance video. Investigators have obtained a clear still photograph of the suspect and have released it to the media. (Click here to see the photo.)
The store, located about a mile south of Rawley Pike and seven miles west of Harrisonburg, has been robbed at least once in the last few years.
On May 7, 2012, a store employee told police he had been attacked from behind by two people, believed to be men, who beat him and stole an undisclosed amount of money. The robbery occurred about 5 a.m. as the employee was opening for the day.
It's unclear if any arrests were made in that case.
With the suspect in the murder on the loose as of early Sunday morning, some neighbors said they felt a little uneasy knowing a killer could be lurking in the neighborhood. Clover Hill is a quiet, largely Mennonite community in western Rockingham County.
“I’m concerned but I’m not scared,” said Marlon Witmer, 20, who shops at the store frequently and lives nearby. “We have someone above we can trust in.”