Updated 12/03/2012 05:26 PM
Clerk shot in Waco convenience store robbery
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A store clerk in Waco was shot during a late night robbery Sunday.
Officers say at 9:20 p.m., two male suspects entered the Snacks Convenience Store on 2901 North 18th Street in Waco, one of them carrying a handgun.
The suspects approached the 48-year-old male clerk, who also had a gun. The clerk and the armed suspect exchanged gunfire before the robbers fled.
Then, the armed suspect returned to the store and again exchanged gunfire with the clerk. The suspect and the clerk began to struggle over the weapons.
"You'd already been shot at once,” Patrick Swanton with the Waco Police Department said. “You think you would have taken off, but for whatever reason, he came back."
This time, the clerk was shot in the leg and the attacker hit him in the head and face with a pistol. The suspect was able to get hold of the clerk’s gun and an unknown amount of cash before fleeing once more. The clerk was taken to an area hospital.
Neighbor Michelle Lawson and her family heard the shots Sunday night. She said crime has gotten worse in the neighborhood.
"We did hear a couple of bangs, and I come out here. That's when the cops and all started pulling up,” she said. "We just moved here about four months, and we noticed in the last two months that it's been more than we're used to."
The first suspect, who was armed, is described to be a bald black male, five-foot, nine-inches tall, weighing 210 pounds. He was wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and tan pants.
The second suspect is described to be a thin, black, short male. He was wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and black shorts at the time of the robbery.
No arrests have been made at this time. If you have any information in the case, call Waco Crime Stoppers at the numbers on your screen. You can also submit an email or text at their website WacoCrimeStoppers.org.