Akron store worker speaks out after being shot by robber wearing clown mask

AKRON, Ohio - An Akron carryout store worker is speaking out after he was shot by a robber wearing a clown mask.

Surveillance cameras captured the crime.

The shooting happened Jan. 24 at the North Quick Stop store, 940 North Howard St., around 8 p.m.

The worker, who asked for his identity to be protected, said a man walked into the store and it appeared he was wearing a ski mask. When the employee got closer, he realized it was a clown mask.

"As I'm going to just tell him to take it off, he just pulled his gun out on me, pointed it at my head area," he told News 5.

Moments later, he was shot in the left leg. The bullet traveled through that leg and became lodged his right leg.

"I heard the pop one time and I was able to get out. I was able to limp run."

Police said the robber then told everyone to get down on the floor. The masked man went behind the counter, grabbed an unknown amount of cash from the register and fled the building.

The employee was treated at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital.

The robber was described as a black male, standing about 5-foot-7-inches tall and weighing around 145 pounds. He was dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, wearing a clown mask and black Nike Air Force One shoes.

Summit County Crimestoppers is offering a reward up to $2,000 for information that solves the case. Tipsters can remain anonymous when calling 330-434-COPS.

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