A robbery suspect fired shots into the ceiling of a Salinas convenience store Monday and aimed the gun at a clerk’s head before firing again and leaving with an accomplice, Salinas police said.
The night shift clerk at the Quik Stop store at 339 Williams Road notified police at about 1:39 a.m. Monday that two men had just robbed the store at gunpoint, police said.
Two men, one with a handgun, entered the store and the armed man dropped the weapon, picked it up and while racking the gun’s slide, a live round was ejected from it, according to police.
The gunman commanded the clerk to open the store’s cash registers and the second suspect leapt over the counter to make sure the clerk was removing all of the cash, police said.
The man with the handgun then fired three shots into the ceiling, pointed the gun at the clerk’s head, hesitated long enough for the clerk to move and then fired a round toward where the clerk had been standing, police said.
The men fled the store and the armed robbery is still being investigated, police said.
The gunman was described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with black collar-length hair and a tattoo on his cheek, wearing a blue plaid shirt, dark pants and something that partially covered his face, police said.
The other man was a Hispanic male, 5 feet 9 inches in height, with a thin build and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, according to police.