Lexington clerk killed in gas station robbery

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The search continues for the person responsible for killing a clerk during a gas station robbery. It happened in the middle of the afternoon along a busy Lexington road.

Police say the clerk was shot while working at the Marathon station on Alexandria Drive. Now, they're having a hard time finding witnesses.

A robbery gone bad is how Lexington Police are describing what happened, leaving a clerk dead.

The investigation continues since only a few questions can be answered surrounding Lexington's most recent murder. Lexington Police say cash was stolen, but at first it wasn't obvious the clerk had been shot during a robbery. That's because they received no calls about shots being fired at this Marathon gas station.

"There were other shots fired calls around the same time but not in this area," said Lt. Eric Lowe, with the Lexington Division of Police.

A female customer walked in after the fact and found the man behind the counter, on the ground, in a pool of his own blood, and unresponsive. CPR was immediately performed, but it was too late for the clerk. Police say he later died at UK Hospital from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

"We need witnesses and anybody who may have seen anyone suspicious in the area and surveillance video from nearby businesses," said Lt. Lowe. "All of this could be crucial in us solving this crime."

Police say surveillance cameras did manage to catch an image of a man they are now calling a person of interest. He's described as a white man wearing a camouflage jacket, a dark colored toboggan with red ear flaps, blue jeans, black gloves, and gray sneakers with a thin to medium build.

"Around the time of the shooting, a witness advises that they saw a white male leaving the scene in a gray Nissan passenger car," said Lt. Lowe.

The person of interest was said to be last seen traveling on Alexandria Drive towards Versailles Road. Right now, police cannot connect this crime to the recent string of gas station robberies in Lexington. They are asking for the public's help since no one has come forward saying they saw what happened. No customers or employees were inside the gas station at the time of the incident.

The Marathon station on Alexandria Drive is closed until further notice, according to police.

The victim has not yet been identified by the coroner's office.

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