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Shots fired in $14 video store robbery

ROGUE RIVER — A pair of armed robbers fired two shots at a clerk and made off with $14 from a Rogue River video store Saturday night, police said.

The masked suspects entered Woodville Video on East Main Street at 6:14 p.m. and demanded money from the clerks and the lone customer, said Rogue River police Officer Ken Frownfelter.

One of the robbers pointed what appeared to be a .38 snub-nosed revolver at the clerks during the robbery, Frownfelter said. The robbers took the till, but officers later found it and the bulk of the money on the ground, Frownfelter said.

"They dropped all but $14," the officer said.

Frownfelter said the robbers apparently were trying to collect the wallets of people inside, but may have become frightened because they left quickly.

The robbers fled the store and disappeared into an alley where their getaway car was parked. As they entered the car one of the video store clerks followed them out into alley to tell them the police had been notified, Frownfelter said.

One of the suspects then raised the revolver and fired two shots before the car sped off, Frownfelter said.

"The clerk believed he pointed the gun in his direction when he fired," he said.

Police checked the store wall for bullet holes but determined the shots went high and sailed over the store.

The suspects were described as two white men in their late teens or early 20s. Both wore thick black gloves, beanie caps and bandannas to cover their faces.

One was wearing a black sweater and black pants. The other was clad in a white T-shirt with a black sweatshirt underneath.

Because the alley was dark there was not a clear description of the car available. It is described just as a four-door sedan, Frownfelter said.

Besides the two robbers, police are searching for the getaway driver.

The three face stiff charges if they are captured, Frownfelter said.

"This means prison time," he added. "You just don't fire a gun at somebody. These are serious felony charges if we find them."

Frownfelter is concerned that the shooter's reckless actions could result in more victims. The bullets flew over the store and toward a nearby neighborhood which includes a retirement home.

"We still don't know what aftermath this is going to have," he said. "We hope we don't get another call later about someone being wounded by a stray bullet."

Anyone with information is asked to call 776-7206 and ask for Rogue River police.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.