Kim Shooting Still Unsolved

Investigators Continue Search For Suspect In Attack At Dry River Store

Posted: March 29, 2014

The Dry River Store in Clover Hill is searching for new employees after one of the store’s owners was killed in an apparent robbery and the other was seriously injured. The family of the two victims, Eun Sim Kim, who died in the attack, and her husband, Jae Young Kim, is making plans to reopen the store. (Photos by Jason Lenhart)
Photographs and flowers for Eun Sim Kim and her husband Jae Young Kim are displayed at Dry River Store in Clover Hill on Friday. Police continue to investigate the apparent robbery in February that left one victim dead and the other severely wounded.

CLOVER HILL — A help wanted sign on the front of Dry River Store serves as a small symbol of a return to normalcy, even as police continue their six-week-old hunt for the man suspected of shooting one of the store’s owners dead and leaving her husband clinging to life.

On Feb. 15, Eun Sim Kim, 51, of Harrisonburg, was killed during the apparent robbery of the rural mom-and-pop store at 1228 Clover Hill Road and her husband, 54-year-old Jae Young Kim, critically injured.

Police say they have received hundreds of tips and leads since the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office released a video surveillance photo of the suspect, described by deputies as a “slender, black man” seen wearing a green vest with a red shirt underneath.

Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said his staff continues to follow new leads in the case.

“It’s very much still an active investigation,” Hutcheson said. “We’re working hard.”

Police say that at about 5:30 p.m. on the day of the shooting, emergency crews responded after a 911 call was placed by someone who said the couple had been found on the floor of the store.

Deputies say the suspect was seen on surveillance video entering the store and attacking the couple. The man fled on foot toward Roberson Road and may have left the area in a dark-colored Toyota sedan, according to deputies.

Investigators have forwarded items to a state laboratory for analysis but have declined to say what was sent.

The store has been closed since the shooting but the Kim family, which has received an outpouring of support since the attack, is making plans to reopen.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Solvers at 574-5050.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com