Centerville man shot in gas station robbery

jburk@macon.comFebruary 13, 2014 

A Centerville man was shot in the face Wednesday night during a robbery at the Pure gas station on Houston Lake Boulevard, said police Chief Sid Andrews.

About 10:20 p.m. a man walked into the gas station’s convenience store and demanded money. After the clerk, Rohitkumar Patel, complied, the robber shot him in the face, Andrews said.

Patel, 38, was at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and was last known to be in “critical but stable” condition, Andrews said.

Andrews described the robber as black, about 5 feet tall, wearing all black with a mask over his face.

The Warner Robins Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are assisting in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call Centerville police Detective Sgt. Phillip Pritchett at 478-953-4222 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at 478-742-2330.

The store, located at the corner of Collins Avenue, remained closed Thursday afternoon and blocked off with yellow crime scene tape.

Telegraph writer Wayne Crenshaw contributed to this report.

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