Richmond police Capt. Yvonne Crowder said the victim was taken to VCU Medical Center and underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries after being shot twice in the chest at 12:07 a.m. at the municipal park, which closes at sundown.
Crowder said the shooting occurred while the 25-year-old victim and a friend were fishing in the area of the old power plant near the southeast corner of the island in the middle of the James River.
Crowder said the men were confronted by two other men, one in his 40s and the other in his mid 20s and one of whom had a handgun. When the robbers tried to rob the fishermen, a struggle ensued and the victim was struck twice in the chest.
Detailed suspect descriptions were not available.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at (804) 780-1000.