Police: Masked man robs Rock Hill gas station, fires shot

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJuly 9, 2014 

— A masked gunman ordered a clerk to the ground and fired a shot from what police say was likely a BB gun during a robbery at a Rock Hill gas station Tuesday night.

Police were sent to the Mr. Express gas station on Nations Ford Road, off Anderson and Mount Gallant roads near the Habitat for Humanity restore, at about 10:40 p.m. when they received calls about an armed robbery, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Two store clerks, 48 and 55, told police a masked man wearing finger-less gloves, a red-hooded sweatshirt and wielding a small black gun walked into the store and ordered one of the clerks to the floor, the report states.

The robber instructed the other clerk, who stood behind the checkout counter, to give him money from the cash register. The suspect took about $3,000 and put it in a bag.

As the robber left the store, the report states, he fired one shot into the ceiling before he ran out the front door. Police say the weapon might have been a BB gun.

Authorities are still investigating.

By Wednesday morning, customers were filtering in and out of the store, where at least four surveillance cameras are mounted through the ceiling, untouched by the gunman's bullet.

Mike Sharif, the gas station's owner, said the business had never been robbed in the decade he's owned it. He said police plan to pull images of the robber from the surveillance video, adding that no one in the store recognized the suspect because he wore a "rubber mask."

"It was late at night," he said, and the store was about to close in 20 minutes when the robber stormed in. The clerks, he said, were unharmed. No other customers were inside the store at the time.

Sharif said store employees were still inventorying how much cash was actually stolen from the store.

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