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Robber shoots clerk as he tries to open CVS register

A frame from the CVS surveillance tape shows a robber in a Halloween mask behind the counter with a clerk he shot twice in front of stunned witnesses early Saturday.

Hillsborough County Sheriff\u2019s Office

A frame from the CVS surveillance tape shows a robber in a Halloween mask behind the counter with a clerk he shot twice in front of stunned witnesses early Saturday.

TAMPA — A man in a Halloween mask gunned down a clerk in front of stunned witnesses Saturday during an early-morning robbery of a CVS Pharmacy.

The clerk, shot in the chest and a thigh, was in very critical condition Saturday night, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported. Deputies did not release his name because the shooter was still loose.

At 12:37 a.m., a man in a Halloween mask walked into the store at 11212 N Dale Mabry Highway and fired a handgun into the ceiling. He jumped over the front counter and demanded the clerk open the register.

As the clerk opened the register, the robber shot him twice. He took the cash and left. At least six customers were in the store.

The shooter was black, about 5 feet 8, 160 pounds and wearing black clothing and gloves. The mask had white hair on top, and it covered the robber's entire head.

A $5,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at jvandervelde@sptimes.com or (813) 661-2443.

Robber shoots clerk as he tries to open CVS register 11/29/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 2, 2008 7:41pm]
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