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Suspects still sought after Missoula convenience store shooting

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MISSOULA - Two men were the victims of a shooting early Tuesday morning at the South Avenue Market off of Higgins and South avenues.

"When the officers arrived they encountered two gunshot victims both transported to the hospital they also learned that two suspects had entered the store and shot both victims before leaving again without making any demands," Missoula Police Department spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh said.

The victims were the only two people in the convenience store at the time of the shooting which happened shortly after 3:45 a.m. One of the victims was an employee who was treated and released from the hospital. The other victim -- who was not an employee -- is still hospitalized.

The two suspects fled the scene before officers arrived and are both still at large.

"One was described as being taller, in fact, taller than six feet; fairly muscular wearing a dark-colored hoodie.  The other was similarly dressed with the hoodie and brandishing a handgun," Sgt. Welsh said. "Both suspects were said to be concealing their faces."  

Because both suspects made attempts to conceal their faces, surveillance footage is proving to be difficult to use. Police hope that with help from one of the victims, detectives will be able to piece together a motive and the identity of the suspects.

"We are looking at it right now, at this point it doesn't appear like there's a possibility of identification of either suspect with it, however we are continuing to review that with our victim who has been released from the hospital and seeing if we can piece together not only what happened in its entirety but any possible reason these two might have selected this particular place and these two individuals," Sgt. Welsh told MTN News.

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