TEMPLE — One man was killed Wednesday night and another was critically wounded when a gunman robbed Pool’s Grocery in the 1700 block of South First Street, and shot the men about 11:35 p.m., said Cpl. Christopher Wilcox, Temple Police Department spokesman.
A third person, an employee in the store, wasn’t harmed.
The injured man was transported to Scott & White Hospital with a gunshot wound to his upper chest or shoulder that appeared to be life-threatening.
The other man was pronounced dead at the scene, Wilcox said.
The robber reportedly went into the store, took money and shot the victims before leaving in an unknown direction.
The identity of the man who died will be released once his relatives are notified, Wilcox said.
Police are looking for the suspect, described as a short black man with a stocky build and long braided hair between 20 and 30 years old.
He was last seen wearing a black Chicago Bulls flat-billed ball cap, black long-sleeved sweater vest with white stripes around the collar, button line, waist and cuffs, dark pants and dark “Converse-style” shoes with white over the toe area.
Although it is directly across from the entrance to the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center, Deborah Meyer, spokeswoman, said VA police didn’t report hearing anything Wednesday night.
A man who routinely cashes his Social Security checks there, Lloyd Crouch and lives just across the street from Pool’s Grocery.
He pointed to an alley that runs behind his house and also behind Pool’s and said people always are walking there, day and night. But he didn’t hear any shots fired because he goes to bed about 8 p.m., he said. Police answered 20 calls at Pool’s Grocery in 2013 and one so far in 2014, Wilcox said. A total of three aggravated robberies were reported so far in 2014.
Anyone with information about this latest robbery and shooting should call Temple police at 254-298-5500 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-729-8477 or 254-526-8477.