PITTSBURGH - A convenience store clerk was taken to a hospital Thursday night after being shot during a robbery at a business in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood, police said.
Authorities said a man entered the K2 Convenience Store in the 4900 block of Penn Avenue shortly before 9:45 p.m., showed a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.
As the clerk was gathering the money, the masked robber reached over the counter and shot the clerk once in the leg, police said. The robber fled the scene with an undetermined amount of cash, according to police.
The robber is approximately 6 feet tall and wore all black clothing with a dark mask over his face. Officials said the 31-year-old clerk was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition and was later released.
The owner of the convenience store did not want to be identified, but told Channel 11 News that in the 18 years the business has been in his family, nothing like this has happened before.
“This convenience store has been around for several years now. They are a part of our community,” a neighbor who identified herself only as Catherine said. “I know the guy personally. I knew him for a while, and like I said, this place has been here for some time, and I was told it wasn't someone who lived in the community.
"I'm very frustrated because Garfield has changed for the better. For someone to come in to our community to do such an act is sad, and I'm heartbroken."
“It's horrible and it's something I'm not really familiar with," said Todd Crawford, who lives in the area.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s Violent Crime Unit is investigating the robbery. No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call police.
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