GRAND BAY, Ala. (WALA) - The clerk at a Chevron gas station on U.S. Highway 90 said Sunday, July 28, three men dressed in black clothing ran into the store with guns demanding money.
"When they came through the front door, they started hollering, 'Get down! Get down,'" said Brenda, the clerk.
She said one of the men fired a gunshot into the air while she and the two other men in the store got on the ground.
"I ducked down behind the counter and went for the panic button and then one (of the robbers) jumped behind me and said, ‘I don't advise you to do that,' and he shot off," she said.
Next, Brenda said she was ordered to open the cash register. She said once the thief took the money, another suspect grabbed a customer's wallet and car keys and took off in the customer's 1999 Ford Crown Victoria.
Brenda said she was finally able to push the panic button and call 911.
"That's one if the scariest things you could ever feel in your life: to have that gun sitting in your face and not knowing if they are going to shoot you or not shoot you," she said.
The entire robbery was caught on surveillance video and the store owner, Pulin Patl, noticed a specific characteristic on one of the suspect's hands.
"First knuckle and the last one is sticking out. That's very unusual to me. That's a very important clue. Hopefully, someone knows something or notices something on someone's hand. That's why we can put a face to that picture," Patl said.
The Mobile County Sheriff's Office is investigating the robbery.
Patl is offering a $2,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the robbers.
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