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Richmond Police ID employee killed in jewelry store shooting

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Muhammad H. Baig (Source: Zain Abedin) Muhammad H. Baig (Source: Zain Abedin)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond Police detectives have released the identify of a jewelry store employee killed in a downtown robbery attempt. 

Muhammad H. Baig, 29, was found shot and killed inside Victoria Jewelers at 309 East Broad Street around 4 p.m. Monday, according to detectives. Police believe Baig was killed by thieves. Police are still searching for the suspect.

Detectives say they're going over surveillance video but have yet to release a suspect description. The Medical Examiner is now working to determine the cause and manner of death.

Not even 24 hours after his own life was taken Muhammad Baig's wife gave birth to a baby girl. The couple already has an 18 month old, both children now have to grow up without their father.

"He was only 29 years old, just born baby right now and one baby is sick already in the house. His mother, all of us are crying," Muhammad Ayub said.

Muhammad Ayub fought back tears as he spoke about the man many know as "sunny" but Ayub calls him his son.

"I can not believe that he left us like that," Nazar Kamran said.

Kamran, the owner of Victoria Jewelers said he was on his way to the Broad Street store when he first heard word of the shooting. He and Baig often worked at the store alone and never had any problems.

"You expect robberies, little robberies and something like this but you cannot expect that they would have come and shot him, never," Kamran said.

All day long there has been a heavy police presence along the Broad Street corridor. Police plan to keep a watchful eye on this area.

"The things we find work well are putting officers on foot and putting officers on bicycles. We utilize those two tools at great length downtown," said Lt. Don Davenport. "We have a number of officers walking in Jackson Ward. Broad Street corridor, we have number of officers walking down there."

The shooting in broad daylight comes just a day after a cycling championship race brought crowds to the area. However, police are calling this an isolated incident and said public should be cautious but not alarmed.

"That's a tragic event," Davenport said. "We are going to go back into the community, going to reassurance them, let them know that we are doing our due diligence to find out who the responsible people are."

Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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