Family members of a security guard at Burlington Coat Factory who was fatally stabbed Saturday say they are left wondering how a minor shoplifting incident escalated into a lethal assault.

Larry Donnell Drumgole, who was working as a security guard, was fatally stabbed while confronting a shoplifting suspect at the retailer’s Potomac Mills mall location in the Woodbridge, Va., area on Saturday afternoon, the county police said.

“It’s so sad he was taken away just like that, over something that couldn’t have been worth it,” Nora Clinton, Drumgole’s mother, said Monday.

According to Prince William County police, Drumgole was stabbed after he and another security guard confronted a man who had been observed shoplifting inside the store. The guards approached the man who was walking toward the parking lot, where a tussle broke out, the police said.

Drumgole, 44, of Rappahannock Academy, died of his injuries at a hospital shortly after, according to police.

Police said Jamel Kingsbury is a suspect in a fatal stabbing of a security guard at a Burlington Coat Factory store at Potomac Mills mall. (Courtesy of Prince William Police department)

The other guard was unharmed, police said.

The suspect managed to run away from the busy shopping center.

Prince William County police on Monday continued to search for the suspect, Jamel Carlos Kingsbury, 35, of no fixed address. Police issued a warrant for Kingsbury after they said they identified him through an unrelated domestic violence call earlier Saturday.

Drumgole had a wife, Lisa, an 11-year-old son and two adult stepdaughters, Clinton said.

Clinton said the family has been touched by how many people reached out to express condolences. She said it reflects the caliber of a man her son was.

“He [was] a friend to everyone,” Clinton said. “He didn’t care if he knew you or not. If he was down to his last two pennies, he’d give you one.”

Clinton said that her daughter-in-law is “devastated” by the loss of her husband and that the family hopes police can find the man responsible before he hurts someone else.

“They need to get this guy off the streets,” she said.

Clinton said that her son had worked for Burlington Coat Factory for more than 10 years and that the company had reached out to offer its support since his death.

Employees at the company’s Fredericksburg location, where Drumgole worked for the majority of his time with the company, were brought to tears by the news of his death, said Saji Kahn, the store’s assistant manager.

“He was always helpful, always smiling — a dependable employee,” Kahn said. “Everybody is shocked.”

In addition to the warrant for the alleged events at the store, police said they obtained arrest warrants for Kingsbury for a criminal complaint for domestic assault and battery against a family member for an incident that happened about 11 a.m. Saturday, said Officer Nathan Probus, a Prince William police spokesman.

Probus said “we believe he is still in the area, but he also has ties to the Richmond area.”

Jennifer Jenkins and Clarence Williams contributed to this report.