Surveillance captures suspect shooting at gas station clerk

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Oct. 28, 2014) — Surveillance video captured what happened moments before a gas station clerk was shot in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood.

A man was shown walking into the Shell gas station at Pennsylvania and 49th streets. Moments later, the man was seen getting into a scuffle with the clerk, before shooting at her.

The clerk was able to escape into an attached auto body shop and called police.

“I come here probably at least once a week.  I make a point to stop at this Shell, because the people are always really nice here,” said Eric Floyd, a frequent customer.

Police said the robber walked in, demanded cash and shot the clerk.  She was grazed in the ankle.

FOX59 spoke with the clerk over the phone. She said said the robber shot at her about three or four times as he went after the safe, leaving marks in the  tile, but she said it was her quick thinking that saved her life

Tuesday, it was back to normal for people in the north side neighborhood.

“I think they probably targeted the area because it’s quiet and there’s not a lot of crime here, and they figured IMPD isn’t going to be around,” said resident Steve Freeman, who lives next door to the gas station.

Freeman said he isn’t worried about the violence spilling over to his house.

“It’s Indiana so most people own a gun so you would have to be nuts to walk into someone’s house,” said Freeman.

While people in the neighborhood haven’t changed their routine, the gas station will close after dark, only serving people through a side-service window.

“It’s not going to deter me from stopping here, but it’s certainly going to raise my awareness that I’m as safe as I think I am,” said Floyd.

The clerk said she is taking a few days off of work as she rests at home, but she expects to make a full recovery.

If you have any information, police want to hear from you. Call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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