Bullet strikes KC convenience store clerk as suspect fires shots into store

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A convenience store clerk is recovering Tuesday after being shot in what police are calling an "aggravated assault."

Police say the incident happened at a  Mini Mart near Bannister and Raytown Road just before 2 a.m.

The store was closed when the suspect tried to open the glass doors but they were locked.   The clerk was cleaning up and the suspect fired several rounds into the door. One of those rounds hit the clerk in the upper body--possibly the shoulder area. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injury, which is considered non life-threatening. The glass door also shattered.

Crime scene and detectives had the Phillips 66 Mini Mart taped off for nearly two hours Tuesday morning as they collected evidence.

Because the suspect didn't ask for money or actually rob the clerk the incident is being classified as an aggravated assault, but it's possible it was an attempted robbery.

Investigators describe the suspect as a bigger man wearing baggy clothes, a striped shirt with a head band over a scarf and another scarf covering his face.

Officers say the suspect took off from the scene on foot.

Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.


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