Store owner speaks out on armed robberies connected to deputy shooting

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KANSAS CITY -- Multiple shooting investigations and a search for suspects involved police from both sides of the state line on Wednesday.  Detectives believe the deputy shooting was the end of a metro-wide crime spree. Sources told FOX 4 that three people are in custody. The two apprehended were caught near a 7-Eleven off Shawnee Drive and I-635 where the Wyandotte County deputy was reportedly shot several times leaving 14 bullet holes in his body. The  third individual was arrested around 2 a.m., but Kansas City, Kan. police have not confirmed  if the third suspect taken into custody is connected to the shooting or the robberies.

It all began in Kansas City, Mo., with the robbery of two convenience stores.

"One of my employees called and said he just got robbed," explained owner Kayshah Parki.

KCPD officers were called to Parki's store at 85th and Woodland just after 10 on Tuesday night. Employees told police three men, wearing dark clothing with hoods and masks walked in and immediately hit one of them with a gun.

"They hit him in the head or something in nose or something and he's okay, talked to him said he's okay. I said, 'go to doctor, make sure everything is okay,'" said Parki.

They took money from register and ran out, then fired off several gun shots just outside the store. A few miles away and couple hours later, a similar scene took place at a store at 79th and Wornall. Three suspects matching the same description ran inside and again, hit an employee with a gun.

Police say once they took money from register and the safe, the suspects fired several shots inside the store, hitting one employee in the hand.

Then at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday, the deputy was inside the 7-Eleven at the counter when three men walked into the convenience store. Police said they think the men were planning to rob the store and ended up shooting the off-duty deputy. It was not clear if there had been a struggle between the suspects and the deputy prior to the shooting. The deputy remains in critical condition.

FOX 4 is respecting the wishes of the family and not releasing the name of the deputy.

Back at Parki's store, it was pretty much business as usual by late Wednesday morning. Parki said his employees did exactly what they were supposed to do.

"I want to make sure both of them alert, watching who's coming and going out. That way they know people coming in, and I told them if ever held up or something happened, just give them the money, don't worry about it and let them go," said Parki.

Police ask that anyone with any information to call CRIMESTOPPERS  816-474-TIPS.