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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A manhunt continues in Jeffersonville following an early morning shooting at a convenience store.
Jeffersonville Police say the confrontation began about 4 a.m. when two men tried to rob the Q-Mart at Allison Lane and Middle Road. The suspects apparently rode their bikes to the store. When the men opened the window, the clerk felt threatened and pulled a gun and exchanged shots with the alleged robbers.
Detective Todd Hollis tells WDRB that the clerk was not hit, but he was shaken by the gunfight. One of the suspects was taken to University Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. At last report, he was in surgery. The other suspect managed to get away. K-9 officers tracked his scent, but lost it. He may have gotten into a car and left the area.
There is no description of the suspects. Police say they had their faces covered with bandanas.
Nearby Jeffersonville High School opened on schedule Thursday morning, but Principal James Sexton says not all entrances are open. Administrators are also manning each entrance and the student parking lot. Extra police are also positioned at the school.
Lisa Dickey, who lives in the area, says, "You don't want to go out at night when you think of all this going on. I mean, gunshots, that's really scary."
Jeffersonville Police are also investigating whether the two suspects may also be connected to robberies of other businesses in the area over the past few months. The Q-Mart had also been robbed several times.
The BP station across from the Q-Mart was robbed last month, and this past weekend, Allison Lane Auto Care was burglarized.
"I've been broke into twice. One back in the spring, and one now. They broke the window, which is a very expensive window. It's about $700, all for a couple packs of cigarettes and lottery tickets," says Darrell Harris with Allison Lane Auto Care.
The crimes have also been frustrating and scary for nearby neighbors as well, who are hopeful police will put an end to the robberies and burglaries.
"I'm hoping they ramp up their surveillance around here and just keep an eye on everything", says Lisa Dickey, who lives nearby.