SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::
The Griffin Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that resulted in a store clerk being shot and critically wounded.
Officers of the Uniform Patrol Division were at 10:47 p.m. dispatched to the Shell gas station located on Pine Hill Road where the victim was located.
According to Lt. Mike Richardson, of the GPD Criminal Investigation Division, the suspect, who is described as a black male with a large build, entered the business and demanded money from the clerk.
“He just went in and said, ‘Give me the money.’ The cashier did and then he shot him,” Richardson said. “He (the victim) kind of fled from him and hid in another room, then the bad guy grabbed the cash register drawer and fled the store.”
Investigators say the gunman was dressed in all black clothing, had partially concealed his face and was armed with a large-framed revolver.
“He was wearing something across the bottom part of his face,” Richardson stated, but said investigators have not yet identified what the suspect used as a mask.
The victim was transported by LifeFlight to Atlanta Medical Center with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.
He underwent surgery overnight and is now hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit.
Asked if it is unusual for an armed robbery victim to be shot after complying with the perpetrator’s demands, Richardson said, “Not to say it hasn’t happened, but I don’t remember it happening. We’ve had a lot of robberies, but not where someone was shot. This is the first one I can think of where we’ve had a clerk shot during a robbery.”
The GPD did investigate one armed robbery in 2014 during which a shot was fired, but no one was injured.
The suspect in Monday’s night’s incident fled the scene on foot and remains at-large.
Officials say the suspect is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to contact the case agent, Sgt. Sommer Bales at 770.229.6450 or email@example.com.