DETROIT (WJBK) - A Dollar Store employee is in critical condition after being shot by a would-be robber.
Police say the attempted robbery happened here at the store on the corner of Dexter and Fullerton at about 11:05 a.m. Thursday. The suspect walked inside, went up to the clerk, and starting making demands.
At that point, a manager who was also armed, saw what was going on, and confronted the suspect which led to gunfire.
Police say that assistant manager, a 24-year-old man and CPL holder, was struck in the stomach and taken to Sinai Grace Hospital. He is listed in critical condition. Fortunately, no one else was hurt.
"All I know is I heard four or five gun shots and I went into the storage room," said customer Sasha Smith.
Detroit Police assisted by Michigan State Police spent all afternoon combing the area for evidence. The Family Dollar store remained closed for the day.
Despite the rain, investigators say they found a blood trail, and a shoe that the suspect may have been wearing.
"He came out and witnesses saw him stumble but we cannot yet confirm of whether or not he tripped or if he was shot," said Cmdr. Nick Kyriacou, Detroit police.
Police say the suspect may be 6 feet tall, a full beard, with a medium complexion. Investigators say the suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black jacket with a hood, running west on Fullerton.
With a vague description of the suspect, police are looking for tips from the public. One passerby says this store has been robbed several times.
"This is probably the sixth time this year," said one customer.
"It's just so dangerous now that it just doesn't make any sense," said Marnita Parker.
Parker hugged her granddaughter who was in the store during the attempted robbery and shootout.
Sasha Smith says she did not see the suspect.
Fortunately, she was on the opposite end from the crime happened, and ran into a storage room the moment she heard gunfire.
"I am so grateful, I was scared," said Sasha Smith. "The police wasn't answering. I called four or five times. But I'm grateful I'm still here. I wasn't in the front."
Anyone who has information can call the 10th Precinct or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.