PDQ clerk shot in back during robbery

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WALLA WALLA — A clerk at a gas station convenience store was shot Friday night during a robbery; he is now recovering.

The robbery occurred at 11:53 p.m. at the PDQ Food Mart at 506 S. Ninth Ave. The clerk’s name is being withheld, but police said the clerk thought the gun was fake and tried to grabbed it from the suspect; that is when the suspect shot the clerk in the back, according to Walla Walla Police Public Information Officer Tim Bennett.

After being shot, the clerk opened the register and handed over a "small" undisclosed amount of cash. After the suspect left on foot, the clerk called 9-1-1 to report he had been shot and robbed. There were no other people in the store at the time.

The victim was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center, where surgery was performed Saturday morning to remove a single bullet, which did not hit any vital organs, Bennett said.

The suspect was described as male. His head and face were covered. He wore a black or navy blue coat. Police are reviewing surveillance video of the robbery. No arrests have been made.

A senior officer with 37 years of service in Walla Walla said it had been at least as many years since a victim was shot during a robbery in the city limits.

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