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June 25, 2019

Army officer who served multiple trips in Afghanistan shot, killed outside Wawa store in Virginia

January 12, 2019
Robert S. Gooch IV, an army officer who served multiple trips in Afghanistan was fatally shot outside a Wawa store in Virginia on Tuesday (Obtained by the New York Daily News)

An army officer who served multiple trips uninjured in Afghanistan was fatally shot outside a Wawa store in Virginia on Tuesday.

The officer — identified as 34-year-old Robert S. Gooch IV — served overseas in the Army and had survived multiple deployments in Afghanistan uninjured, according to his father Robert Gooch III, as reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


Gooch was at a Wawa store in Chesterfield County with his 13-year-old daughter to buy a bag of popcorn before watching a movie.

On his way back to his car from the store, Gooch was shot multiple times by George Thomas Buschmann, 34. He pushed his daughter out of the way and told her to “get down” and call her grandfather.

Police said the Gooch and Buschmann did not argue or exchange any words during the incident, Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Gooch was taken to a hospital following the shooting, where he was pronounced dead. His daughter was examined at a hospital and found uninjured.

Buschmann — who has no permanent address — was identified as the shooter and captured after a police pursuit early Wednesday morning. He has been charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, grand larceny of a motor vehicle among other charges, according to police reports.

Initial reports from the Chesterfield County Police on Tuesday said the attack did not appear to be random. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported police believe Gooch did not know his attacker.

Buschmann is in the Chesterfield county jail and will appear in court at a preliminary hearing March 26.

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