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Man arrested for killing father of 3 at Richmond store

"I just think that it’s crazy," neighbor Angela Collins said.
Posted at 6:39 PM, Feb 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 10:56:30-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A 33-year-old man has been arrested for killing a father of three at a Richmond convenience store earlier this week.

Police were called to the 804 Market at 1601 Mechanicsville Turnpike for reports of a person shot around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Once on scene, police found 27-year-old Leon T. Robinson, of North Avenue, suffering from gunshot injuries. He later died as a result of his injuries.

Police said 33-year-old Brian Robinson, of Remington Court, was arrested Saturday.

Robinson was charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The victim’s aunt remembered her nephew as a “laid-back and cool guy.”

Leon Robinson is survived by three children: two daughters and a son, according to his aunt.

Crime Insiders sources said Leon Robinson was in the back of the store where there are some of those slot machine-like skill games.

The victim and the suspect had a verbal argument before the shooting, according to Crime Insiders sources.

The store reopened Thursday morning with crime scene tape from the night before still visible in the roadway.

"I just think that it’s crazy," neighbor Angela Collins said."The children are scared to play outside and we’re scared to go outside."

Collins said she's usually at the 804 Market every day, but now she doesn't think she'll be back for a while.

"It just goes to show that bullets don’t have anyone's name on them -- and you could be anywhere and it could happen to you," Collins said.

A reality, she said, that needed to change.

"I don’t know but something needs to be done," she added.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call Major Crimes Detective A. Darnell at 804-646-3927 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000. Witnesses can send news tips, photos, and videos here.