Clerk recovering after being shot by robber

March 3, 2008 5:36:32 PM PST
A Wake Forest convenience store owner continues to recover after being shot during a weekend robbery.

The 32-year-old store owner, Samir Patel, was shot during the robbery around 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Quality Mart on Main Street.

Eyewitnesses pumping gas say a man rushed into the store, stole money out of the cash register and shot the clerk before running off.

Several customers came to the clerk's aide --he was transported to WakeMed with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

A customer ?who spoke very little English-- called 911.

As Patel lie bleeding on the floor, the Spanish speaking customer tried to decipher what 911 operators were saying.

911 Operator: "What's the location of your emergency? Store Customer: "Okay (jumbled) Chevy is right here in Wake Forest."

The customer was on a cell phone and did not realize 911 operators could not get a fix on his location.

By the time a translator was brought into the mix, emergency workers had found their way to the scene.

Wake Forest investigators used K-9 units to search for the suspect Friday night along with law enforcement officials from the Highway Patrol and the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect is described as having dreadlocks and wearing blue jeans and a red jacket, is considered armed and dangerous.

Wake Forest Police are asking for the public's help. If anyone has any information or was near the store between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m., they are urged to contact police.

The store reopened Monday following incident. A clerk at the store says Patel is in intensive care and is expected to survive.


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