A convenience store clerk did everything he was ordered to do, but that didn’t stop the man holding the gun from shooting him in the head Tuesday morning in DeKalb County. Now the clerk is battling for his life at an Atlanta hospital and police are hunting for the shooter.
So far, police have not released the clerk’s name nor have they identified the shooter, though they said a video system inside the store gave them a clear view of what happened. The shooting happened about 2:45 a.m. during a shift change at the Texaco gas station and convenience store at 3521 Flat Shoals Road, according to the DeKalb County police.
There were two clerks, a man and a woman, inside a bulletproof cubicle when a man entered the store, police spokesman Capt. Stephen Fore said. As one exited the cubicle, the suspect forced his way in, held the male clerk at gunpoint and demanded money, police said.
“The clerk completely complied with the suspect and gave him everything he asked for,” Fore said. “But as he was leaving, he turned and fired a shot, striking the clerk in the head.”
It’s unclear why the man shot the clerk, even after getting what he asked for. It’s also unclear why he did not also shoot the female clerk, though it’s unclear if he saw the woman who may have been hiding, Fore said. The clerk, whose name has not been released, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.
The store has a very good video system, Lt. A.W. Ford told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Watching the video, they guy was very casual,” he said. “I was surprised at how casual he just shot the man.”
The gunman got away with less than $200, according to Channel 2 Action News. So far, police have not released a detailed description of the suspect.