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Tampa police seek two in attempted gas station robbery

TAMPA — Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a Tampa gas station and shot the clerk in the shoulder when he refused to give them money.

This is what Tampa police say happened:

At 2:39 a.m. Saturday, a man wearing a White Sox cap entered the Marathon gas station at 2605 N 50th St. in Tampa and asked the clerk, Abdelaziz Bouthour, 60, to help him in purchasing coffee.

As Bouthour helped him, a second man wearing a black ski cap and a bandana that covered part of his face entered the store and pointed a silver revolver at the clerk, demanding money.

Bouthour refused, and the man in the ski cap fired one time, striking Bouthour in the shoulder. He tried to fire the revolver again, but it malfunctioned. Both men fled.

Bouthour of Tampa was treated at Tampa General Hospital and released.

Police describe the first man as a black male, 5-feet-10, about 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a White Sox cap, green Ecko T-shirt with a rhino logo on the front, baggy tan shorts and white sneakers.

Police describe the shooter as a black male between 5-feet-10 and 6 feet and between 160 and 180 pounds. He was wearing a black ski cap, blue-and-white bandana, dark gray jacket, long, black T-shirt and dark jeans. He was armed with a silver revolver of unknown make, model and caliber.

The police were asking the public to call detectives with any tips at (813) 310-7444.

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Tampa police seek two in attempted gas station robbery 12/19/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 24, 2009 10:32am]
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