Posted: Sep 7, 2012 10:02 AM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
Updated: Sep 7, 2012 1:43 PM
EAST MISSOULA- A clerk who was shot early Friday morning during an attempted East Missoula armed robbery is in critical condition as police continue to look for the suspect.
Missoula County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Jason Johnson says that a 21-year-old old store clerk was shot "in an apparent armed robbery" just before 3 a.m. at the Ole's on Highway 200.
A man dressed all in black went into the store at about 2:55 a.m. carrying a firearm and yelled "give me all of the money" to the clerk who was cleaning a beverage counter, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.
Johnson says the clerk went back to cleaning the counter, so the suspect shot through a sunglass case striking the victim in the upper body. The suspect then fled on foot without taking anything from the store.
The suspect is described as being between 5'3" and 5'9" tall with a heavy build, and was dressed all in black including a hoodie. He may have been wearing a light-colored shirt underneath the black hoodie.
The victim was taken to St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, where at last check he was listed in critical condition.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Missoula County Sheriff's Office at (406) 258.3452 or Crimestoppers at (406) 721.4444.