CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — On Wednesday afternoon, things are quiet at the Holly Point shopping center. A far different scene from early in the morning when the parking lot was packed with police.
“Knowing somebody is here with a gun or robbing, that’s not a good feeling at all,” said Church of God of Chesapeake Pastor Ricky Morris. “It kind of disturbed me, because that is right in my back door.”
Chesapeake police said in a news release officers responded to the 200 block of Providence Road just before 1 a.m. for an alarm. Officers found a 38-year-old man lying on the ground with gunshot wounds.
Police said the man, identified as Pizza Hut employee Don Lee, was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.
Morris shared with 10 On Your Side surveillance video from the camera behind the church. It shows the rescue crews, along with police and the victim’s truck parked out in front.
“It was just lit up as if it was the daytime you know,” Morris said.
Lee and his fiancé were leaving work when a man with gun ran up. He made them go back in and demanded them to open the safe.
When Lee told the suspect he couldn’t do that he was pistol whipped in the head and then shot in the stomach.
A Chesapeake police K-9 responded to the scene overnight and attempted to track down the suspect, but was unsuccessful.
Doctors first thought Lee was shot in the neck, but later determined the bullet exited his neck.
Lee had hoped to be released from the hospital Wednesday, but doctors decided to keep him overnight.
On Thursday, he was released from the hospital and was reportedly at home recovering.
“The doctors even said he was extremely lucky for the bullet to take he trajectory it did,” Lee’s sister Annie Marth said, “It didn’t hit any major organs.”
Police are now looking the suspect. They are also checking to see if an attempted robbery December 23rd at the store is connected.
“I hope the person that was injured the lord will bless him,” Morris added.
Morris says he hopes the suspect will soon be caught.
“It takes something for somebody to have a gun and run up and shoot somebody,” Morris said. “We aren’t just born that way. That person needs help themselves.”
“Somebody was watching over him. The doctors even said he was extremely lucky for the bullet to take the trajectory that they said it took and it not hit any major organs or arteries, or blood vessels,” Marth said.
Marth said she is worried this will happen again.
“My brother made it out lucky tonight,” Marth said. “Somebody was watching over him, but next time may not be so lucky. Somebody else could be on the receiving end of another bullet and not walk away from it.”
Police ask anyone with information to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.