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Albany businessman shot; robber still on the run

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Walter Phelps, victim Walter Phelps, victim

Albany - An Albany businessman was shot in the stomach by an armed robber this morning.

Walter Phelps, the owner of P&P Hardware on North Slappey, was shot around 8 am.

Police say Phelps had just opened his store so customers could pick up their fresh peas.

A man in his early 20's walked in to rob him and shot him in the stomach.

As Phelps lay bleeding on the floor, another employee walked in.

The robber, still standing there with his gun, forced that employee to the floor, but didn't shoot him.

The robber left without getting any money.

Phelps, a former Lee County Commissioner, underwent surgery and as of 2 pm Saturday was in fair condition.

The shooter is on the loose.

Police and a helicopter searched the area around the store looking for the suspect. 

He still hasn't been caught.