Gunman wounds clerk during Tacony store robbery

A 7-Eleven clerk suffered a gunshot wound of the arm as a pair of robbers held up his Tacony store early Tuesday.

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A 7-Eleven clerk suffered a gunshot wound of the arm as a pair of robbers held up his Tacony store early Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Police Department’s Media Relations Unit said the crime happened at about 4:06 a.m. at 6919 Torresdale Ave. when two men wearing black masks entered the store. One of the crooks held the front door open as the second pulled a gun on the 52-year-old male clerk and demanded money. The gunman fired a shot into the ceiling and another that struck the clerk’s right arm, police said.

The robbers obtained an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled in an unknown direction. Police and paramedics arrived at the scene. The medics took the clerk to Aria-Jefferson Health’s Torresdale campus, where he was listed in stable condition.

According to broadcast news reports that cited a police commander who spoke at the scene, a second clerk was in the store at the time but was not injured. Also, the suspects reportedly fled eastbound on Disston Street. Police searched the area and reportedly found a man on the roof of a nearby building. He was questioned as a person of interest, but was not arrested.

The gunman was described as black with a black mask, black pants, black hoodie and black handgun. The lookout was described as white with a black mask, black pants and black hoodie. Surveillance video of the crime was unavailable on Tuesday afternoon. ••