Everyone kept asking for Rico.
Danville Police said a man was shot at 1:11 p.m. at 534 N. Main St. on Friday and rushed by ambulance to the hospital, but would not name him.
Still, people in the neighborhood kept talking about the familiar face they knew as Rico.
Jeanetta Cardwell, who works at the nearby Juniors Convenience Mart 2 on Worsham Street, said she saw Rico just before police descended on the neighborhood.
“He was just in the store 15 minutes beforehand,” she said of the man everyone was asking about.
Several cars had pulled up to police in the neighborhood, with the drivers asking where Rico was – and were pointed towards the SOVAH Health in Danville.
Danville Lifesaving Crew Chief Bryan Fox confirmed that one man suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was treated at the scene and rushed to SOVAH hospital.
Police later reported finding a 24-year-old wounded man in the backyard of an apartment building in the 500 block of North Main Street.
A SOVAH representative said that they could not release any patient information without a full name.
Friday’s shooting marked the third one this week.
On Tuesday, store owner Tahir Mahmud, 54, was found shot to death at his Joy Food Mart on Riverside drive. His death puts the mark at 10 homicides in the city this year. There were 16 last year.
On Wednesday, a 14-year-old boy was shot in the forearm while in the 100 block of Lynndale Drive. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and later released.
Cardwell, the Worsham Street convenience store worker, said Rico was well known in the area, but she did not know his real name.
Officers received information that led them to search the top left apartment in the building facing Worsham Street, said Lt. Mike Wallace, of the Danville Police.
Once officers determined the apartment was empty, they sealed it to obtain a search warrant so they could comb it for evidence.
A search warrant soon in hand and officers re-entered the apartment unite at 2:30 p.m.
Not everyone agreed with the search approach taken by police.
They’re “barking up the wrong tree,” said James Cobb, who works at the North Main Car Wash next to the apartment building.
Neither Cobb nor any of his fellow car wash employees heard gunshots that day, he said.
To him, that meant the police scouring the apartment were looking in the wrong place.
The investigation is ongoing, police report.
Ceillie Simkiss reports for the Danville Register & Bee. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (434) 791-7981.