Enmarket clerk shot in armed robbery with suspect who made off with $5 worth of cigarettes, other item

Enmarket was robbed early Tuesday and a clerk there was shot. (Source: WRDW)
Enmarket was robbed early Tuesday and a clerk there was shot. (Source: WRDW)(WRDW)
Published: Oct. 8, 2019 at 5:08 AM EDT
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Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- At least one person was shot and taken to the hospital after an armed robbery early Tuesday.

Officials with the Aiken Department of Public Safety say it happened at an Enmarket convenience store located on York Street and Hampton Avenue.

“They're not that uncommon. It's not an everyday occurrence, but they do happen from time to time,” said Lieutenant Jake Mahoney with the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

What was surprising to Lieutenant Jake Mahoney about last night's robbery was the clerk was actually shot.

“This is my first time since I've been with Aiken Public Safety for almost 24 years - almost 25 years that I can recall a clerk being shot during a robbery,” said Mahoney.

But one En Market customer, who wanted to remain anonymous, wasn't surprised.

“This is a rough neighborhood. I mean, I won't stop here at nighttime,” said the customer.

Interestingly, two more gas station robberies happened last week. Both of them also had female clerks working and one of them happened at another En Market just two and a half miles down the road.

“This investigation is in its incipient stages. I'm sure we're going to look at it and see if there's any connection,” said Mahoney.

In the meantime, some customers think gas stations in this area should take extra precautions.

“There should be security. The police is just right behind the store. They should you know, patrol this area, park here. Even they should not even have the doors open,” said the customer.

The clerk at the store was shot in the leg and taken to an area hospital. Officers don't think the injury is life-threatening.

The suspect in the robbery and shooting is a black male with a towel covering his face, according to officers on the scene.

According to the incident report, the suspect made off with $10 worth of money envelopes and a $5 pack of Newport cigarettes.

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call the Aiken Department of Public Safety or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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