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Security guard killed, 5 others shot at Henrico shopping center

Posted at 5:46 PM, Mar 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-15 18:44:44-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Henrico Police returned to the scene of a shooting that left two people dead and four others seriously injured outside of a shopping center.

Police received multiple calls for a shooting in the 5100 block of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike at about 3 a.m. Saturday.

"As police arrived on the scene, there were several community members in the parking area. There are multiple victims related to this incident," a Henrico Police spokesperson wrote in an email about the incident.

Sadao Richardson, 34, and Markus Floyd, 32, both died from their injuries, according to police.

Four other victims suffered critical gunshot wounds and were rushed to the hospital.

Two of the wounded have since been released from the hospital.

Henrico detectives returned to the Meadowood Square shopping center to search for additional evidence on Monday afternoon.

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A black Tahoe with Colorado plates was towed from the parking lot.

An employee with Henrico County Office of Building Construction Inspections posted a condemned sign on the front door of an establishment within the strip mall.

Officers were seen going in and out of the location.

The business appeared to be a former restaurant with several gaming machines inside.

A police spokesperson would not elaborate why they focused on that business but stated that it was part of their investigation.

A nearby store manager said he noticed cars parked outside of the establishment when he closed Friday evening.

Richardson’s family members said he was working security at a private event when he was shot and killed.

“He always ran when he saw something going on. He always went into a situation. He always went to the problem,” Richardson’s sister Queen Richardson said. “A lot of times, because his heart was so big, he made other people’s problems his problem. That’s something I think that you know he needed more balance on.”

Richardson’s friends and family had gathered at the shooting scene on Monday evening for a candlelight vigil.

They urged mourners to “leave the violence, bring the unity.”

Queen Richardson said she received an outpouring of condolences and stories about her brother who she said often helped others.

“He definitely touched a lot of people,” she explained.

Richardson had three young children, two girls, and a boy, ages 10, eight, and six.

A post on social media showed Floyd was working to earn his CDL license to drive trucks.

Henrico Police have not released a suspect description nor a motive.

Anyone with information was asked to call Henrico Police at 804-501-5000 or Crime Stoppers 804-780-1000.