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Man arrested after shooting his manager in head inside a Danville department store, police say

The victim is hospitalized and is in stable condition

Searching for answers after shooting at department store in Danville
Searching for answers after shooting at department store in Danville

DANVILLE, Va.UPDATE

A man is behind bars after opening fire inside of a department and leaving the store manager injured Wednesday afternoon.

At about 2:25 p.m., Danville Police responded to American Freight, Furniture, Mattress and Appliance located at 3316 Riverside Drive for reports of a shooting.

Police said when they arrived, they found the suspect, 32-year-old Jaivon Scott running from the area. Officers said they chased him, took him into custody and were able to recover a small-caliber handgun.

“We were able to find him quickly while he was leaving the store- which is a busy parking lot and a lot of stores there. but witnesses inside were calm and gave great information to our dispatchers and our dispatchers quickly got that information out,” said Danville Police Captain, Richard Chivvis.

The victim in the shooting was identified as a 29-year-old man and the store’s manager.

Police said he was shot in the head, but he is alert and in stable condition after being transported to the hospital.

According to authorities, Scott was a store employee and was currently working when he shot the manager and left the store.

“The exact circumstances that led up to it, it almost seems unprovoked. There probably is still some more information that we are working through. we don’t want to get too specific on case details though,” said Chivvis.

Police said other employees were inside the building at the time of the shooting, but no one else was injured.

Scott was charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, discharging a firearm in an occupied building, shooting a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon.

“We’ve had shootings don’t get me wrong but middle of the afternoon in a shopping center, co-worker and employer, that was definitely unusual,” said Chivvis.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Danville Police at 434-793-0000 or use our crime tips app CARE at https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=818#.


ORIGINAL STORY

One person is hurt after a shooting in Danville on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

Authorities said the incident happened at 3316 Riverside Drive inside of the business.

The victim has been taken to the hospital and has serious injuries, but was alert, according to the Danville Police Department.

Officers said this was an isolated incident.

Stay with 10 News as this breaking news story develops.


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