Police are looking for an armed man who went on a crime spree on Monday in northeast Oklahoma City. Police officials said the man first held up a Family Dollar store near I-44 and Martin Luther King Boulevard just after 3 p.m. and a short time later a man matching the suspect’s description carjacked a citizen.
Police released the 911 call a Family Dollar employee made after the robbery.
911 Dispatcher: “Oklahoma City 911. What’s the address of your emergency?”
Caller: “5801 we just got robbed! My employee just got shot, we are the Family Dollar by Remington.”
Police said the suspect went into the store and forced one of the employees at gunpoint to go to the cash register.
“Before the victim opened the register there was a struggle between the victim and the suspect,” said Sgt. Dillon Quirk, Oklahoma City Police Department. “Ultimately, one shot was fired during the struggle. The victim was shot in the arm.”
The suspect then forced another employee to open the register. Police said the armed man grabbed the cash and took off on foot. A neighboring barber shop owner heard the commotion and feared the worst for the injured employee.
“Man got shot over a couple of dollars,” said Cleveland the Barber, witness. “Could have died. Things are crazy right now.”
He said the man shot is one of his regular customers and he is fed up with crime in the area.
‘I might even put up a couple more cameras outside so we can catch the people doing this,” said witness.
Police said the armed robbery suspect did not stop at the store.
“There was a carjacking just a short distance away,” said Quirk. “Police believe the two incidents were possibly related. The suspect description was similar to the armed robbery suspect.”
The stolen car was found abandoned near northeast 50th and Lincoln Boulevard and no sign of the suspect.
Police said the shooting victim is expected to make a full recovery.