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      PD: Employee shot during robbery in North Charleston

      Police investigate shooting at A-1 store on Spruill Avenue (WCIV)

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Two convenience store workers were trying to lock up for the night when police say a masked gunman showed up, demanded money and fired a shot wounding one of the employees.

      Officials say the robbery and shooting happened around 2 a.m. Friday at the A-1 convenience store at Spruill Avenue and Bexley Street.

      According to a police report, one of the store's employees was outside the store while the other was inside locking up for the night. The man inside the store said he went to get the front door lock but was met by the second employee and the masked gunman who hit one of the men in the head.

      The gunman ordered the safe opened, the report states, but one of the employees was not able to get the safe open. According to the report, the gunman fired a random shot and turned to leave.

      As the gunman left, he turned and shot the other employee once in the stomach.

      During an interview with the uninjured employee, police found a bullet hole in his pants leg.

      That employee was taken to Medical University Hospital. The condition of the victim has not been released.

      The suspect fled the store. He is described as a black male. Police say he was under 6 feet tall and wearing a black ski mask, a black shirt, brown camouflage pants and black shoes.

      Anyone with information about the shooting can call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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