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Man shot in leg in Richmond parking lot near downtown

Posted at 11:42 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 23:42:14-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- It was 19 minutes past noon Wednesday when a man was shot in the leg in a Richmond parking lot across the street from a Subway restaurant.

Crime Insider sources tell me that the shooting was likely drug-related.

The hood of a parked Kia nearby suffered collateral damage.

"What parent ain't gonna’ be concerned about their child?” said Melvin Reese. “She's grown but I'm a parent first."

Reese’s daughter works at the Subway sandwich shop at the corner of Fourth and Broad Streets in the heart of downtown.

The shooting happened across Fourth in the pay-per-spot parking lot.

"I tell her first to call me,” said Reese. “Let me know where you are no matter what time of day or in the middle of the night. Let me know you made it to work or wherever you are going."

Reese says he doesn't believe in living in fear, but also takes into account that others can be reckless and he doesn't want his daughter caught in the middle.

He hopes that whoever was involved was caught on camera and can be taken off the streets before anyone else is injured or killed.

"I've lived here for almost 52 years,” Reese said “I've seen some stuff but it seems like it's getting worse.

The victim was taken to VCU Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury.

Crime Insider sources tell me he was released from the hospital this evening.