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Clerk shot in robbery of Jeffersonville liquor store

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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WDRB) -- Red Carpet Liquors is normally closed on Sundays. But it's unclear when the Jeffersonville store will reopen after a robbery Saturday night ended with the clerk being shot three times.

Our cameras didn't capture a good view of the inside, but Barbara Dunn did.

"As far as i know there was five shots done," said Dunn, the liquor store manager. 

Dunn was called to the store after the incident to assist police with looking at the surveillance video. Her sister, Loretta ,was inside when the suspect opened fire.

"She said she was coming back from the stock room going in to stock up the liquor and she heard a guy say 'give me all your money,'" said Dunn. "(My sister) was not hit, I thank heavens that she is ok and it's very sad that it happened in our neighborhood."

Barbara Dunn identified the clerk only as Patel. She says he doesn't speak fluent English and might have been confused by the suspect's demands.

"He was wearing all black or all blue. He had his face covered and his hands covered. "

The shooting incident was caught on surveillance video. But the problem - detectives say - is that the suspect was covered up with a face mask and gloves that they can't even tell what his race is.

"It's hard to tell he's fully covered really well," said Dunn.

Dunn said the surveillance footage also shows the suspect pacing outside of the store minutes before the shooting and robbery.

Det. Todd Hollis with Jeffersonville Police said detectives want to speak with customers who might have been there during the shooting.

"I heard some sound. I thought it was a car door. It didn't register that it was a gunshot," said Scott McLaughlin, who owns a fish and aquarium business across the street.

McLaughlin is concerned the liquor store draws a bad crowd.

"I hadn't really thought of it until last night and now I'm concerned I will probably start wearing a gun," said McLaughlin.

"People is going to do that everywhere. People are going to drink. You can't live in a world of fear," said Dunn.

But Dunn concedes she's rattled and after seven years working there, doesn't feel safe.

"I ... I don't want to work there anymore," said Dunn.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Jeffersonville Police tipline at 812-218-TIPS.

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