Police search for gunman who robbed, shot store owner

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —

Police are looking for the gunman who robbed and shot the owner of a check cashing store in DeKalb County.

The shooting scene was crowded with people who all came dangerously close to a shooting just off Panola and Fairington Road.

“The owner of the check cashing place arrived to work when he was encountered by two suspects. One of those was armed,” Mekka Parrish, of DeKalb County police, said. “Those two robbed him of a bag, they also shot that victim.”

Channel 2’s Ryan Young could see an officer standing over a shotgun that the owner grabbed from the hands of the man who shot him.

Three men said they saw the store owner as he walked to his door. He was shot by the robbers before he could even give up the bag with money, police said.

Several witnesses stepped in to help, including a man with a gun.

“According to witnesses there was a third person who witnessed this robbery unfolding. He also was armed and he fired shots at the suspects. He did not strike those suspects, however he did strike their car,” Parrish said.  

Police told Channel 2 the suspects’ car was found and that it was stolen in a carjacking earlier this week.

Officials said the victim is at the hospital in serious condition.