Police said the store manager of the Fred's Store on Sigman Road was attacked just before noon. They said the manager was leaving the store with cash to make a bank deposit when he was robbed and shot in the leg. The victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect ran from the scene, police said. Channel 2's Mark Winne reported K-9 units combing the Northside Village neighborhood near Sigman Road in Conyers. Across the street from the grocery store, Conyers Middle School was also locked down for several hours, according to authorities.
News Chopper 2 showed a large crime scene in the parking lot of the strip mall and evidence markers just outside the store's front entrance.
One witness told Winne she saw an employee run frantically after the robbery. "She said I need a pillow! I need a pillow! My manager just got shot!" the witness told Winne. "He just laid there and I told him we would pray for him and he said 'Thank you,'" the woman added.
A second witness told Winne he saw the man run by a neighboring liquor store with a gun.
Police told Winne they were looking for a thin African-American man who was approximately 5-feet 6-inches to 5 feet 9-inches tall. The man had 3-inch dreadlocks and was wearing a black Nike sweatshirt with white stripes down the sleeves.Police estimated him to be about 20 years old.
Conyers police urged anyone with information to call 770-483-6600.