Shocking surveillance footage from Houston, Texas, captured the moment a robber entered a convenience store and shot the clerk in the face without warning before attempting to steal money from the cash register.
Amazingly, the clerk survived the shooting and was able to escape. His family has since reported that he remains in critical condition with a bullet lodged in his neck, but is expected to survive, according to KHOU-TV.
The incident reportedly took place at a Chevron station northwest of downtown near Memorial Park on Monday night.
"The male walked up to the counter, pulled out a handgun, and without saying anything, shot the clerk in the face and his right hand. The suspect then jumped over the counter and punched the clerk several times," Houston police said following the incident, KXXV-TV reported.
Video of the attack released by police appears to show that the unidentified robber didn't offer a warning or make any demands before firing a shot directly at the clerk's face.
“That's the shocking thing, he doesn't even demand anything,” noted Houston Police Department Lt. Emanuel Pavel. “He just goes right up to him and shoots him right in the head. It's crazy. I just can't believe it.”
(Content Warning: The following video is extremely graphic).
The suspect then hopped over the counter and punched the clerk in the face repeatedly before attempting to access the cash register. Ultimately, he was unable to open it and quickly fled the scene in a two-door newer-model black Mercedes Benz, police noted.
The clerk was miraculously able to get away as the suspect attempted to break into the register. He was later transported to a local hospital for treatment and, despite suffering serious injuries, is said to be alert and able to speak.
As of Wednesday afternoon, police were continuing to search for the suspect in the crime and asking members of the community to come forward with any information they may have.
The suspect is being described as a black male between the ages of 25 and 35 who is roughly six feet tall and weighs between 230 and 280 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket and tan pants at the time of the robbery.
In a news report, KHOU journalists called the attack "cold-blooded" and said the surveillance video makes it clear that the gunman had "zero regard for human life."
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