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Man sought in Detroit store robbery attempt, shooting

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit police have released surveillance images of a man wanted in an attempted robbery and shooting Thursday at a west side Family Dollar.

The suspect walked into the store in the 12600 block of Dexter at about 11 a.m., pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money, said officer Jennifer Moreno, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department.

After the worker handed over the cash in a bag, a manager who has a concealed pistol license “pulled out his firearm, (and) fired shots at the suspect,” Moreno said.

The would-be robber also opened fire on the 24-year-old manager, who was struck once, before fleeing the store without the money, investigators found.

The manager was hospitalized in critical condition. The 23-year-old cashier was not hurt by the gunfire, Moreno said.

Authorities continue searching for the alleged gunman, who is described as an African-American man, 25-30 years old, 5-feet and 7 inches tall, with a medium build, full beard and dark complexion. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark coat.

Investigators say the man might have driven from the scene in a green minivan.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Detroit Police 10th Precinct Detective Unit at (313) 596-1040. Anonymous tips can also be left through the DPD Connect app, or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.