Police seek to ID suspect who traded gunfire with store clerk


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Minneapolis police are turning to the public to help identify a suspect who traded gunfire with a store clerk in an attempted armed robbery of a convenience store on July 26.

Surveillance video (above) shows the armed robber coming into the Handy Stop at 2600 Broadway Avenue West with a semi-automatic handgun drawn. He climbs on the counter, only to be met with gunfire from the store clerk.

The two exchange gunfire before the suspect fled the store, KARE 11 reports.

Investigators say the clerk is licensed and registered to carry a firearm, KSTP says.

Witnesses say the suspect ran from the store, jumped on a BMX bike and was last seen riding away from the Loft Apartments and down 27th Street, KSTP reports.

No one was hit or injured in the exchange of gunfire and no money was taken from the store, WCCO says.

Police are worried the suspect may target more businesses.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s and about 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a medium build, reports say.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. There is a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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