Shots were exchanged between the owner of a Decatur County convenience store and two men who attempted to rob the store on Thursday night, according to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office.
The attempted robbery happened at about 7:39 p.m. Thursday night, at the A & A convenience store off Georgia 97 South, about 5 miles southwest of Bainbridge.
Two black men wearing hoodie jackets and masks came into the store, and one of them went behind the store counter, Sheriff’s Investigator Robert Humphrey said. One of them had a gun and shot at the store’s owner, who also had an infant child behind the counter. The store’s owner confronted the suspects with a .357 pistol and when he aimed, one of the suspects jumped back over the counter. The owner fired four times at the suspects, but missed them.
The two suspects fled from the store, but grabbed a part-time employee and kidnapped him, Investigator Humphrey said. The suspects fled in a gray sedan, either a gray Ford Crown Victoria or a Mercury Marquis, which are the same make of car. No money was taken from the store.
The suspects drove south and pulled over about 3 miles south of the store, next to the Southlands forest property. There, they robbed the store clerk of some money he had on him and left him there before driving off, headed south toward Florida.
According to Investigator Humphrey, there was a convenience store robbery in Gadsden County on Monday night that had similar case details. Therefore, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office on Friday morning.
Suspect 1 is described as a stocky male wearing red pants, hoodie and a handkerchief over his face.
Suspect 2 was wearing a black hoodie jacket pulled up with a ball cap underneath and black pants.