Tuscaloosa police searching for masked, armed robbery suspect

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Tuscaloosa Police are looking for an armed robbery suspect who shot a gas station clerk on Saturday night.

According to investigators, the incident happened around 10 p.m. at the Chevron on Skyland Boulevard.

The Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit released surveillance video that shows a man pointing a handgun.  The suspect is dressed all in black, wearing a ski mask. 

Officials arrived to find the 51-year-old male clerk suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Tonita Dent says it’s the scariest thing she’s ever witnessed.

“I was just thinking please don’t shoot me, please don’t shoot me. I have a daughter please don’t shoot me and I was nervous,” Dent said.

Dent was working with her boss when the gunman came in and shot him in the head. The suspect then forced her to give him all the money in the cash register.

The bullet grazed the victim’s head. He was transported to DCH Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Dent wants the man caught.

“I feel that he should be penalized for this. That is such a senseless crime, to shoot someone over a few dollars,” Dent said. “That wasn’t much money he got, but to shoot a person over a few dollars it ridiculous.”

Captain Kip Hart says Metro Homicide agents are searching for the suspect.

“Anytime you have somebody who wants to discharge a weapon in public. Bullets don’t know their target, they hit where they land,” Hart said. “We are fortunate no one else was injured and the clerk himself was not seriously injured.”

The victim who was shot was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. If you have seen the man on the video, call Tuscaloosa Police or CrimeStoppers.


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