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‘When is it going to stop?’ police chief asks after father killed outside Richmond convenience store

Posted at 11:47 AM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 13:28:30-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police identified the man shot and killed outside the 701 Express Store in South Richmond as 29-year-old Travis Antonio Horton, of Meadowdale Boulevard.

Family members said Horton had a young daughter and he had recently gotten engaged.

"It's sad that man is not going to live his life," friend Mya McClain said. "He's never going to see his daughter again."

Horton was shot at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

"Officers arrived and found Horton, dead, in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked in the lot. He’d been shot multiple times," a Richmond Police spokesperson said. "Detectives know there were several people in the area at the time who may have witnessed the shooting."

WTVR CBS 6's Brendan King spoke to City Councilwoman Reva Trammell, the Southside district representative, who said constituents have called her saying they are afraid of the violence.

"Where is the outcry?" Trammell asked. "Once someone is shot, stabbed, or killed that is the end of the person. That person is not going to come back."

While police have not yet released information about the shooter, investigators said they had strong leads in the murder.

Still, police asked witnesses to call Major Crimes Detective Anthony Coates at 804 646-0729 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

"This is frustrating. This is homicide number 23 in a year and when is it going to stop?” Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham asked at the crime scene.

Anyone with additional information about Horton can submit a news tip here.