Detectives are searching for a man who pistol-whipped and shot a clerk at a Midland convenience store early Wednesday.
The suspect walked into a Union 76 gas station on Golden Given Road East about 1 a.m. and immediately struck the clerk in the face with a handgun.
Held at gunpoint, the clerk opened the cash register, and the robber took fistfuls of cash.
He then shot the clerk, grabbed more money and ran.
“This was a brutal incident,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. “He beat the clerk, pistol-whipped him and shot him, all of which was unnecessary.”
The victim survived his injuries.
The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 and 200 pounds and wearing a black hooded jacket, black pants and black boots. His handgun had a green laser on it.
Anyone with information on the robber’s identity is asked to call the Tacoma-Pierce County CrimeStoppers at 800-200-TIPS.