Walla Walla Police Department spokesman Tim Bennett holds a flash light up to highlight fingerprints on the front door of the Eastgate Chevron for a detective to capture with tape Tuesday evening after a robbery left the clerk in a local hospital with a gunshot wound.
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WALLA WALLA – A 33-year-old woman shot during a convenience store robbery Tuesday night was reportedly in satisfactory condition this morning after surgery at Providence St. Mary Medical Center, officials said.
Police declined to identify the woman, but several sources have confirmed she is Miriam Clark, who works at Aziz Chevron, 1916 Isaacs Ave.
Clark was wounded by a single gunshot, the bullet passing through her arm into her abdomen, police said.
The assailant was one of two robbers who entered the store at about 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, police said. Both were described as younger males with a thin build. Both of their faces were covered, police said.
The shooting suspect approached the counter and demanded cash from the register. While Clark was complying with the request, she was shot, police said.
The suspected robbers fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, dropping some of it as they escaped, according to Officer Tim Bennett, police spokesman.
Walla Walla Community College coaches Mike Staudenmaier and Chad Bodnar were the first to arrive at the convenience store following the shooting.
"It must have been seconds after (the suspects) ran off," Bodnar said. "She said, ‘I just got shot.’"
Bodnar said the pair rendered first aid until ambulance crew arrived.
"She was really tough about it," Staudenmaier said, who said Clark was already on the phone with 911 dispatchers when the coaches walked in.
As of this morning, city police detectives were still investigating the incident. Bennett said this is the first robbery of 2012 in Walla Walla. Police investigated 19 robberies last year, he said.
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