Armed Robbery

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Employees survive gun shots in botched robbery

By Billy Davis

The manager of a Como convenience store is seeking the public’s help after armed gunmen attempted to rob two store employees at gunpoint June 3.

The employees were locking the doors at the E &R convenience store at 10 p.m. when two gunmen attempted to force them back inside, said store manager Sam Adiah.

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The employees fought back and the would-be robbers fired a handgun at one of them, according to Adiah.

“They shot his car. But they were aiming at him,” said the manager.

The store is located north of Como, at 30446 Highway 51, near the Tate County line.

Adiah contacted The Panolian Monday to report the robbery and ask for help.

The two gunmen wore ski masks and were not identifiable, and a third unseen robber acted as a wheelman, he said.

The store employees could not identify the getaway car, which was parked down the highway out of sight.

Adiah named the two store employees but The Panolian does not identify crime victims.

A call to the Panola County Sheriff’s Department about the armed robbery was not returned by press time Monday.