Rock Hill store clerk shot during robbery, police say

A Rock Hill convenience store clerk was shot in the back during a robbery on Crawford Road this week, authorities said.

Mikael Tesfai, a 51-year-old clerk from Indian Trail, N.C., was shot during a Tuesday robbery at the store at 1573 Crawford Road, according to a Rock Hill police report.

A few minutes after 9 p.m., police responded to an armed robbery call at the store, the report stated. An officer found Tesfai lying on the ground at the front entrance with two witnesses, a woman and a man, standing over him.

The man was holding a white rag on Tesfai's back, and the officer saw blood on the back of his shirt, according to the report. Blood also covered Tesfai's face.

The woman told police she was in the store when she heard someone yell, demanding money, the report stated. She also heard a scuffle and a sound she compared to a firecracker.

When she came outside, she saw two men dressed in all black and wearing what looked like ski masks, the report stated. She said the men were running toward a house on Neely Road.

The man holding the rag on Tesfai told police he lived in the house that the men ran toward, according to the report. He said he was listening to music at home when he thought he heard a gunshot. He came outside and saw two men run around the right side of his house.

A police dog unit was brought to the scene but couldn't track the men, the report stated. A forensics officer also responded.

Tesfai was taken to Piedmont Medical Center, where he was in stable condition Wednesday, Rock Hill police Lt. Jerry Waldrop said.

Detectives have no suspects in the case, and robbery is the only apparent motive right now, Waldrop said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.