Suspects sought in armed robbery, shooting
BOLD SPRING -- The public's help is being sought to identify two suspects -- considered armed and dangerous -- who robbed the Flying J Travel Plaza Saturday morning and shot a customer..
On Sept. 22 around 3 a.m., two armed black males entered the Flying J Travel Plaza off of Exit 160 on I-85 in Carnesville, a press release from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said.
One armed suspect fired two rounds inside the business. A customer was shot at close range in the upper chest.
The suspects demanded and took currency from the store registers and then fled on foot.
The on-duty store clerks were not injured in the incident.
Witnesses reported seeing a tan or gray full-sized SUV -- a 2007 model or newer Tahoe or Suburban -- leaving the parking lot across the street. The suspects' vehicle entered I-85 on the south bound entrance ramp.
The injured customer, a commercial truck driver from Florida, was treated by Franklin County Emergency Medical Services for life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to an Athens hospital and is currently in stable condition.
Sheriff's investigators said the injured customer had entered the business after refueling his vehicle.
"The patron offered no resistance, nor posed any threats to the armed intruders," the sheriff's press release said. "Authorities were able to review the surveillance video of the business and it was determined that the patron was intentionally and randomly shot by one of the armed robbers."
The suspect who fired the gun inside the business was described as a black male with a small small build and wearing a gray-black hoodie with the word "LOVE" on the front and the right arm. He also wore blue jeans, red shoes, a blue bandana and carried a black revolver.
The other suspect is a heavily-built black male wearting red pants, a black hoodie, blue bandana, black shoes and red underwear. He carried a stainless-chrome revolver.
Anyone with information on these suspects may call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 706-384-2525 or call 911.