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Surveillance footage may help police make an arrest in Spotsylvania shooting


What starts out as a normal interaction between customer and employee at this Fas Mart store quickly takes a turn for the worse.  A man who enters the store places a few items on the counter and as soon as the clerk turns her back, he pulls out a gun, shooting the clerk twice in the head.

The gunman picks up several items and cash, leaving the woman for dead in the store.  Investigators tell me the motive appears to be robbery and based on the surveillance footage, the two did not know each other.

"We were able to determine that there is no interaction between the two.  There was no threatening motions or resistance on her part of any time--he just simply, in cold blood, shot her," Captain Jeff Pearce said.

The suspect is believed to be a white man anywhere from 25 to 35 years old, 5'4" to 5'7" and weighing 160 to 170 pounds. The surveillance video shows he was wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt and jeans at the time of the incident.  He also has a black goatee on his chin.

"This is one of the most brutal cold blooded actions that we've seen taken by an armed suspect in many, many years," Pearce said.

Karen Ely a fellow employee and good friend of the clerk was distraught over what happened.

"She is a wonderful, delightful, giddy person," Ely said.  

Shaken and now afraid for her own safety, Ely is praying for her friend's swift recovery.

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