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UPDATE: Fort O police ID "persons of interest" in robbery, shooting

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A still frame from the surveillance video at the Kangaroo BP. A still frame from the surveillance video at the Kangaroo BP.
FORT OGLETHORPE, GA (WRCB) - UPDATE:  Ft. Oglethorpe Police have released photos of two "persons of interest" that they believe are tied to last week's shooting at the Kangaroo gas station on Cloud Springs Road.

In the early morning hours of April 2, police say two men barged in to the Kangaroo gas station on Cloud Springs Road near I-75.

 "It was a very heinous act that was committed," said Ft. Oglethorpe Police Detective Brad Palmer.

Before entering the store, one of the men opened fire, shooting a customer in the leg.

"I heard a shot. And the first thing you do is duck," said Lloyd Patterson.

Surveillance video from inside the store shows the two robbers, one white male and one black male, wearing bandanas and hats. The white male points a gun and demands cash from a customer, while the black male takes money from the store clerk, and grabs and handful of lottery tickets before running off.

Eyewitness Lloyd Patterson spoke to Channel 3 the day of the shooting.

"One guy was running out. And then a guy with a shiny gun, a bandana, and a ball cap on came out. And he pointed a gun at my car and shot at my car," said Patterson.    

With the 'persons of interest' pictures in hand, we asked the manager at the Mega Star store across the street if she had ever seen the two men before. She confirmed to Channel 3 both men entered her store around 11 p.m., the same day of the robbery and cashed in two stolen lottery tickets.

"These two individuals came up as 'persons of interest' in the case. They're not suspects," said Palmer.

Police would not confirm where they got the pictures of the two men.

"Any part of that investigative information will not be released."

As for the shooting victim, Palmer said, "I will say the victim is recovering well."

Police ask that if you recognize these two men, call the Ft. Oglethorpe Police Department at 706-866-2512.


PREVIOUS STORY: Police got to the Fort Oglethorpe gas station less than a minute after the 911 call came down, but by that time the two suspects had already shot one customer, robbed a different customer and robbed the gas station. 

At about 3:45 am, Fort Oglethorpe police responded to the Kangaroo BP gas station at the intersection of Cloud Springs and Scruggs Roads near Interstate 75.

Lloyd Patterson had just paid for coffee and was getting back into his car when two men entered the gas station.

"I heard a shot, and the first thing you do is duck," said Lloyd Patterson, "And I looked back thinking, is that a firecracker?"

One man was shot in the leg before the two suspects entered the gas station. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital.

"They encountered a customer that was approaching the door at the same time they were," said Chief David Eubanks, Fort Oglethorpe Police, "And without saying anything, just shot him."

Surveillance video from inside the store shows the two robbers, one white male and one black male, wearing bandanas and hats. The white male is pointing the gun and demanding cash from a customer while the black male takes money from the store clerk, and he even grabs lottery tickets before running off.

"One guy was running out," Patterson said, "And then a guy with a shiny gun, a bandana and a ball cap on come out and he pointed a gun at my car and shot at my car."

The gunman shot at Patterson as he was driving away. He phoned 911.
"They let the customer go that they robbed, and then as they're leaving the store shoot up the van that's got the gun shot victim who's trying to get out the parking lot," Chief Eubanks said.

The two suspects were last seen crossing Cloud Springs Road after the robbery. Police know at least one of them is armed.
Investigators are working to see if there is any connection between these suspects and other crimes in the area.   

Chief Eubanks said their aggressive behavior makes him worried they could do more harm to innocent people.

"Most people that rob with a gun don't pull the trigger," Chief Eubanks said, "They use it as a show of force or intimidation, but these guys just shot the first person they saw."

The police chief says investigators did recover some evidence on the side of the road near I-75 South, but still do not know where the suspects are or who they might be.
 
The store clerks at the gas station were not injured. The robbers took cash and lottery tickets.

One type of ammunition round was found at the scene by police. Police declined to say what type. Multiple casings were located.

Chief Eubanks said he can not believe the robbery happened at that location, because police are patrolling this area every night.

"Just down the street is a gateway mall that has a methadone clinic that opens about five o'clock," Chief Eubanks said, "So typically we do have police presence in that area, at that time."

If anyone has any information, or recognizes one of these men, call Fort Oglethorpe Police Department at 706-866-2512.
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