Six robbers hold up busy Kroger and shoot one employee

Published: Apr. 29, 2006 at 8:44 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2006 at 8:54 PM CDT
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Investigators need your help tonight to find half a dozen robbers who shot a clerk inside a Kroger store this morning on Winchester at Hacks Cross Road.

What started as a routine trip to the grocery store, turned into a nightmare when armed robbers burst into a busy Kroger on Winchester around 10 a.m. Saturday.

"Two guys just walked in and started yelling and screaming and next I heard a gunshot," said witness Devin Perry.

What nine-year-old Devin didn't realize was that there were actually four armed men wearing ski masks inside the store.

"Two of the suspects jumped the counter in the store and robbed the customer service area," said Mark Collins of the Memphis Police Department.

Two others held up the First Tennessee Bank branch. When a store clerk jumped the counter, a robber fired a sawed off shotgun.

"One employee was struck in the face with some pellets, apparently (from) a shot gun blast," said Collins.

The injured victim ran to a nearby hotel for help.

"This is a little bit unusual...the time of the day. It's very crowded," said Collins.

Two more men waited outside in a Silver Nissan Altima. Police recovered the cash nearby. It was dumped after a dye pack went off. The car was last seen heading Westbound on Winchester.

Shoppers couldn't come or go until witnesses were questioned.

"If I had of been here a little earlier because I had planned to I would have been right in the middle of it I'm glad I didn't," said shopper Valerie Anderson.

Some customers say they're never coming back unless the store either closes the bank or hires more security officers.

Today's robbery was the 17th bank or credit union robbery in Memphis and Shelby County this year.

Police say there has been an upswing of robberies inside grocery stores. However, they say that may just be because there are more banks in grocery stores these days.

If you have any information on the car, or any of the six robbers responsible for today's hold up, call crime stoppers at 528-CASH.