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Person killed on Main Street in small town Victoria, Virginia

Posted at 9:13 AM, Jun 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-19 09:26:21-04

VICTORIA, Va. -- A death investigation is underway in the town of Victoria, Virginia.

A man was shot and killed after an attempted robbery at a convenience store Thursday night, according to Virginia State Police.

The suspected shooter was taken into custody, police confirmed.

“Shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, an adult male subject entered the Little B Convenience Store located in the 1700 block of Main Street in Victoria,” said Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller. “The male subject was wearing a mask, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. As the armed robber fled the store, shots were fired.”

The robbery suspect ran across the parking lot and collapsed on 6th Street. He died at the scene, according to police.

The man’s body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for examination and autopsy.

His name has not been released as State police are still in the process of notifying his next of kin.

The store employee, an adult male, was not injured in the shooting. Police say they recovered both the robber’s and store employee’s firearms at the scene.

Virginia State Police are handling the investigation which remained ongoing into Friday night. The department is also working in conjunction with the Lunenburg County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

"We don't normally have a lot of crime in our town," a nearby business owner on Main Street said when asked about the violence.

Victoria is a town of about 1,700 people within Lunenburg County, Virginia -- where the violent crime is low.

Recent Virginia State Police crime statistics indicated no murders and non-negligent manslaughter cases in 2014 and 2015. There was one reported in 2013.

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