The Search for Richard Smith Continues

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- After allegedly robbing a 7-11 store in Penn Laird, then shooting an 80-year-old man in Mount Sidney, the Rockingham County Sheriff's office is still on the lookout for a a man who's armed and dangerous.

Friends of victim Richard Orebaugh and family members of the suspected shooter Richard Clay Smith, both have plenty to say.

Deputies believe Smith shot Orebaugh on Grey Fox Road, and many neighbors say they sleep in fear until this man gets caught.

Police are after 47-year-old Richard Clay Smith who allegedly shot and killed Orebaugh, and then stole his car.

Smith has a past criminal history of: four previous DWI convictions, nearly a dozen other convictions of forgery, and a pending grand larceny charge. He has failed to appear in court.

"We are a little bit more uptight. We are watching a lot more. We are watching our children more, we are watching our livestock and properties more. We used to be able to just hop in our car and go. Now we are carrying our firearms," said Tina Potter, a neighbor who lives near the shooting site.

His family just wants him to come back without a fight.

"I would like for him to give himself up and come in. I'm kindly making a plea to him before somebody else gets hurt," said Rickey Smith, father of Richard Clay Smith.

Deputies say if you see Richard Smith, you shouldn't approach him. Instead, call 911.


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