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A store clerk who was shot in an armed robbery this morning is listed in fair condition, Roanoke Rapids police Chief Chuck Hasty confirmed.

Hasty said investigators continue to seek leads in the crime which occurred around 12:45 this morning at New Dixie located on Julian R. Allsbrook Highway, a store traditionally known as Presto.

Hasty said investigators also continue to seek information on whether the crime is related to an armed robbery which occurred last week in Weldon.

Weldon police Chief Chris Davis said he could not confirm the crimes were related until completion of a thorough investigation.

Surveillance camera photos show striking similarities in how the two men are dressed in the Weldon and Roanoke Rapids crimes.

Hasty said in a statement released this morning employees told officers the suspects entered the store armed with handguns and demanded money.

During the robbery one of the suspects jumped the counter while the other suspect ran to the back and went behind the counter.

The suspects demanded the clerks open the safe at which time the clerks advised they did not have access to the safe.

One of the suspects struck the employee in the head with a handgun. The suspects proceeded to take money and cigarettes.  

When the suspects were exiting the store, one returned back to the counter and shot the employee who had initially been struck in the head with the weapon.

The suspects then fled on foot down Hamilton Street towards Clinton Street where they fled in an unknown vehicle and in an unknown direction of travel.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Captain Bobby Martin at 252-533-2820 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.

These suspects are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Contact law enforcement to let them know the location.