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Clerk shot, critically wounded in failed store robbery

Gunman who shot clerk might have struck before

Byron police Detective Melanie Bickford explains how authorities are trying to determine whether a gunman who shot a convenience store clerk early Sunday, July 16, 2017, has committed other crimes in the area.
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Byron police Detective Melanie Bickford explains how authorities are trying to determine whether a gunman who shot a convenience store clerk early Sunday, July 16, 2017, has committed other crimes in the area.

An armed robber didn’t get any cash early Sunday, but he critically wounded a 67-year-old clerk.

Just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a gunman entered the Raceway at 237 North Ga. 49 in Byron and demanded money, according to a news release from the Byron Police Department.

The man had a gun pointed at the woman and fired a shot, striking her in the abdomen, according to the release.

“I don’t think she was moving fast enough for him,” Byron police Detective Melanie Bickford said. “I think she was panicked and froze a little.”

He ran away without taking any money.

The gunman is described as a slender black male, about 5 feet 9 inches tall. His face and head were covered during the attempted holdup.

The clerk, whose identity has not been released, was taken to Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon.

She underwent surgery and remained in intensive care Monday, where she was awake and talking with family and friends, Bickford said.

“As long as the infection stays away they’re saying she’s going to make a full recovery,” Bickford said. “It’s looking hopeful.”

Byron Police Chief Wesley Cannon said investigators are looking into whether the same gunman robbed the Raceway on June 26.

Bickford is working with the sheriff’s offices in Bibb and Houston counties and the Warner Robins Police Department to determine whether there are similarities in any recent robberies or crimes.

Anyone with information is urged to call Byron police at 478-956-2493, or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

Telegraph writer Laura Corley contributed to this report.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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