Woman caught in crossfire at Henrico shopping center

Andrew M. Santos

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Police are investigating a shooting at White Oak Village shopping center on Laburnum Avenue in Henrico.

Officers were called to the shopping center just before noon on Monday when people gathered around two vehicles got into an argument and started shooting at each other.

No one was hit by gunfire, but one person was hit by a suspect vehicle that was leaving the scene.

“Instead of coming to my car, I turned back towards the restaurant and tripped up,” the injured woman said. “I saw the car coming at me. I was yelling so they’d know somebody was down.”

The delivery driver, a woman in her mid-60s, found herself caught in the crossfire of a shootout at the White Oak Shopping Center in Henrico on Monday morning.

“I believe God had his angels encamped around me. It’s not my time so that’s why I’m still here,” she said.

People working in the area said they ran for cover as what started off as popping noises in the distance got closer and closer.

The shootout rattled the nerves of those who shop here on a regular basis.

“It makes me not want to come by myself. Honestly, I stop this way on the way home to grab a few things when I’m headed home from work. But if I’m by myself, I generally try not to stop because you hear everything that’s going on nowadays and you never know what could happen,” one shopper said.

The woman is now left reflecting on the incident.

“I was in a more crime-prone area before this delivery and nothing happened. It was peaceful. Then, in a place where you might not expect it, it happens.”

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email [email protected] to send a tip.

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