The search for the man who shot a local store clerk continues and NewsChannel 6 now has a copy of the 911 calls describing the aftermath.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says a man shot a female employee multiple times after demanding money. It happened on Tuesday morning at the Family Dollar on Tobacco Rd.
The victim is in the ICU. She is still fighting for her life, but she is alive after suffering multiple gunshot wounds and being rushed to the hospital.
The Family Dollar is still closed on Wednesday. The owner of the keys to the building and deputies were the only ones allowed in and out following the crime.
NewsChannel 6 now has a copy of the incident report that says the suspect also grabbed a customer’s purse before taking off.
The report says when deputies got to the scene they found a woman on the ground behind the counter with gunshot wounds. A man wearing all black with a bandana over his face held the female employee at gunpoint, demanded money, and then shot her multiple times when she could not open the register.
Also, a customer in the store says the suspect snatched her purse as he ran out of the store. Another witness says she ran next-door to call 911 and saw the man get into a white Chevy Impala with no tags. Surveillance footage caught the car leaving the scene and now deputies are tracking leads
“[Deputies are] doing everything that they can to find the suspect,” says Richmond County Sheriff’s Office’s Sgt. William McCarty.
Investigators are asking for your help to catch the man who pulled the trigger sending a woman to the hospital.
“Call if they see anything unusual,” asks Sgt. McCarty. “We would rather come out, investigate it and it be nothing, than to miss something.”
The number to call is (706) 821-1080.
A Family Dollar Spokesperson sent NewsChannel 6 the following statement about the incident:
We are shaken by the incident and our thoughts are with those affected and their family members. Out of respect of the associate and her family’s privacy, we are not providing any further details. As always, we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement’s investigation.
The safety and security of our customers and associates is our first priority. Family Dollar has proudly operated stores in the Augusta area for many years. When violence in the communities and neighborhoods we serve occurs, it affects everyone- including our stores. We do have policies and rigorous trainings in place to best respond to store safety and security incidents.
The Sheriff’s Office says day or night this kind of crime creates urgency.
“It’s pretty brazen and it’s pretty bold and it’s pretty vicious,” says Sgt. McCarty. “I think the urgency would be there day or night, but certainly it does speak to [the suspect] when he wants to do this right in the middle of broad daylight near lunchtime on a busy street.”
We talked to a woman who was in the store when the shooter came inside. She understandably declined an interview. She says this is a lot to take in and she is still terrified.