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East Side clerk shot at multiple times after refusing to sell single cigarette

East Side clerk shot at multiple times after refusing to sell single cigarette

Jack McLaughlin

Columbus Police are searching for a man who allegedly fired a gun at an East Side store clerk multiple times after his request to be sold a single cigarette was denied.

On Aug. 27, an individual entered a store on the 1200 block of Mount Vernon Ave. and asked a clerk to sell him a single cigarette.

After refusing to do so, a fight broke out between the two. During this incident, the suspect drew a gun and began firing at the clerk. 

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According to police, the shots narrowly missed the clerk.

Police are asking for help identifying the suspect. If you have any information about the incident, contact Det. Pruitt at 614-465-4141 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-645-4749.

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