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Robber prompts shootout at Rome package store

9:27 AM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
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ROME, Ga. -- Police are searching for a suspect in an attempted robbery that happened on Tuesday night. 

According to authorities, a man rushed into the Blue Box Beverage Store shortly before 9:30 brandishing a gun, demanding money and threatening to kill the stores clerks. 

Police say the clerks grabbed a golf club and began hitting the suspect afterwhich a struggle ensued. According to authorities one of the clerks grabbed the suspect's gun, shot the clerk, missed him and ran out into the parking lot to shoot him again. 

Authorities are unsure if the suspect was hit but officers located clothing a short distance from the incident. Police are working on locating surveillance footage from the scene. 

The clerks described the suspect as a tall, skinny black male wearing all black. 

The Blue Box Beverage Store was located at 33 E. Main Street in Rome. 

Anyone with information is being asked to contact local authorities. 

(Video courtesy Coosa Valley News)

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