Police identify clerk shot during convenience store robbery

By  | 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Omaha Police have identified the convenience store clerk shot during an early-morning robbery Wednesday as Thomas Foster, 50.

It happened around 3:30 a.m. at the 60th and L QuikTrip store.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired and arrived to find Foster with gunshot wounds.

Investigators say the robber walked in demanding money. He took cash and some items from the store. Police say as he was leaving he fired one round that injured Foster in the arm.

The robber was described as a man of average build wearing all dark clothing. He was last seen running toward the area of 60th and Holmes.

Foster is expected to recover.

Police do not believe there is an immediate threat to the public.

QuikTrip spokesperson Mike Thornbrugh issued the following statement on behalf of the company:

"QuikTrip is deeply saddened by the recent act of violence. Our thoughts, prayers and full support are with our employee and members of his family. QuikTrip is actively working with law enforcement in every way possible to assist them with their investigation. QuikTrip will provide counseling service for our employee, his family members and other QuikTrip employees."

Omaha Crimestoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for a tip leading to the arrest of the suspect who robbed and shot the clerk. If you have information, call 402 444-STOP.