Shot several times, gas station worker called 911 himself

Police released this surveillance photo of the suspect. (Photo courtesy of Cranston police)

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The clerk who was shot in the head during an attempted robbery of a Cranston gas station had just started the job.

The owner of the Bestway Gas Station on Park Avenue told Eyewitness News his employee had only been working at the business for a week when a masked gunman entered the business Monday night. Police said the suspect demanded money, showed a gun, and fired multiple shots without hesitation.

The store owner said the employee was shot six or seven time, but he was still able to call 911.

The victim – who police have not yet identified – was taken to Rhode Island Hospital. Eyewitness News has checked with the hospital. However, there was no immediate word Tuesday afternoon on the victim’s condition.

(Photo courtesy of Cranston police)
(Photo courtesy of Cranston police)

The robbery attempt and shooting was captured on the store’s security camera, which the store owner said was upgraded recently.

He said it was the first time in years someone came into the store with a gun. The last time was in 2013 when a clerk fought off a suspect with a vacuum cleaner.

The suspect in Monday’s robbery attempt was wearing a black hoodie, skeleton mask and gloves.

Police believe the suspect is still armed. He did not get away with any money and ran from the scene toward Pocasset Apartments.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cranston police at (401) 942-2211.


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