Cops searching for would-be robber after clerk shot back

A store clerk used his own gun to stop the robbery attempt

Police in Inver Grove Heights want the public's help finding a suspect in an attempted robbery that drew lots of attention this week. A store clerk being held at gunpoint drew his own weapon and shot one of the men trying to hold up Verizon's Cellular Connection store Thursday. 

The wounded man remains hospitalized but police say there was a second suspect (pictured above) who ran from the store when shots rang out and drove off in a 2000 Honda Odyssey. 

A police statement emailed Friday evening said the minivan is bluish green with Minnesota license plate 897RKM. It has a dent on the rear passenger side hatch and another on the front passenger side. 

Officers from several law enforcement agencies searched for the man after the incident, which happened just after 11 a.m. Thursday in the store at Concord Boulevard and Cahill Avenue in Inver Grove Heights.

Meanwhile, investigators have learned that another person was injured during Thursday's gunfire. Police say someone in a neighboring business was grazed by a bullet. The Verizon store clerk, who police say has a license to carry a gun, was apparently not injured. 

The suspect who was brandishing a gun is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. But he's no longer in police custody, Friday's statement says. 

The investigation continues. Police said Thursday they think the robbery attempt was not a random act. 

Anyone with information about the suspect at large or the Honda Odyssey should call Inver Grove Heights police at 651-450-2525.

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