Police: Two injured by gunshots in convenience store robbery

Kai Porter
October 06, 2017 06:27 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Albuquerque police say a suspect who robbed a convenience store Friday morning shot and wounded a store employee and a customer when the employee went outside to take a photo of the suspect's car.


 Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson Tanner Tixier said police responded to an armed robbery at the Circle K convenience store at Wyoming Boulevard and Claremont Avenue around 8:30 a.m.

Police say the customer was shot in the neck and the employee in the legs. 

Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson Simon Drobik says the suspect reached out from the passenger side of his car and fired multiple shots at the employee, hitting the employee and a male customer who was filling his own vehicle with gas. Both victims are in stable condition at a local hospital, according to Drobik.

"I can almost guarantee it's going to be another case of a violent offender," he said. "You don't just start robbing a store and then shooting rounds off."

Drobik said store employees informed police that a female customer told employees that her child also was hit. Drobik said the woman drove off and police hadn't immediately confirmed her account.

Francisco Cordova lives right across the street. He said he had just dropped his daughter off at school. When he returned home, there was the crime scene. He’s thankful a stray bullet didn’t hit his home – or one of his neighbors.

"We’ve got kids. Our neighbors have kids. The ones behind us have kids," Cordova said. "We’ve all got kids, and we’re right across the street from the gas station. Any one of our houses could have gotten hit by a stray bullet."

According to Drobik, officers are searching for the suspect and undercover agents are working the case. Surveillance video is also being reviewed, he said. Drobik said the fact the gas station was targeted isn't surprising. 

"They're going to hit soft targets and they obviously know that people have cash here and these things open at 8:30 in the morning," he said. "So that's why they probably hit this place."


Kai Porter

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