ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County Police Department has released two pictures they hope will identify the man who shot a convenience store clerk last week.
Two robbers attempted to rob the clerk at gunpoint at the Fast Lane Food Mart in the 3000 block of Sylvester Road just after 1:30 a.m. Friday. One robber fired and shot the clerk, Chris Parks, in the leg. But Parks was armed, and squeezed off six shots at the crook with his own weapon.
Police are not sure if the armed robber was hit, as they search for a gunman they consider armed and dangerous.
Parks was smoking a cigarette, chatting with a regular customer outside the store, when two masked men ran around the corner, and the man in the dark shirt opened fire. One bullet hit Parks in the leg, another hit his car behind him.
"In this situation, he was fired upon first. And he was just basically trying to protect his life and the life of his customer," said Dougherty County Police Detective Steve Mitchum.
Both robbers ran, and police are not sure if the gunman was hit in the shootout or not.
"There is a possibility. At one point he did fall down according to the customer who was a witness and the clerk. They both stated that the one suspect who was firing his weapon did fall down in the park lot," said Mitchum
Police are checking area hospitals as part of their investigation, for two men they consider definite risks to the community.
"Oh yeah. For them to fire shots at anyone, toward any customer or a clerk, we consider them dangerous," said Mitchum.
The bullet went through Parks' leg, and he was treated at the hospital and is home recovering.
This convenience store is the same location where a man reported being beaten with a bat and robbed outside the store in January.
Anyone with any information about this armed robbery is urged to call the Dougherty County Police or CrimeSTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.