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Search Launched For Suspect In Three Slayings; Racial Slurs Made As Shop Workers Gunned Down

(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Three people were shot and killed, including two shopkeepers who were gunned down in front of horrified customers by a man who yelled racist comments, authorities said.

Local, state and federal officers searched Thursday for the suspect in Wednesday evening's rampage.

About 6:50 p.m, police said, they received a call that a gunman had shot someone at the public housing complex. Authorities found Derrick Conner, 29, lying dead on the street.

Ten minutes later, the gunman entered the James Food Store, a convenience store about three miles from the housing complex. After shouting racist comments at employee Abdulrahman Aldhabhani, 43, the man shot and killed him in front of customers, police said.

Police said the gunman took cash and other items before walking next door to Poly Cleaners, where he yelled racist comments at the owner, Jong Doh, 39, before shooting him in front of witnesses.

The suspect was identified as Daniel Andrew Bowler, Richmond Police spokeswoman Cynthia Price said. He was identified from surveillance photographs from the convenience story, police said.

"We are telling people he's armed and dangerous," she said.

Thursday morning, Doh's laundry was closed. Someone had placed a bouquet of daisies and pink carnations behind the door handle.

Diane Roane, a friend of the Doh family, said she was driving past the strip mall Wednesday night when she saw police cars. She called her son to find out what had happened.

"I kept saying, 'Not the man at the cleaners. ... Just tell me it wasn't him,"' said Roane.

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