Shots fired during robbery at Gordmans in west Wichita

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FILE - Gordmans at Central and Ridge in west Wichita FILE - Gordmans at Central and Ridge in west Wichita

Police say an employee of the Gordmans in west Wichita was grazed by a bullet during an armed robbery Tuesday evening.

The robbery happened at around 9:30 p.m. at the store at 7011 West Central, at the Ridge Road intersection. Witnesses and employees told officers that a suspect approached two employees, a man and a woman, at the customer service area.

"The suspect produced a black handgun, pointed it at the female clerk, was demanding money and fired a shot, which fortunately did not strike her," Officer Charley Davidson said. "The suspect then pointed the handgun at the male clerk and again demanded money. The suspect then fired a second shot, which grazed the shoulder of the employee."

The suspect fled the store with cash and fired several rounds in the parking lot. A second suspect also ran from the business with stolen clothes. 

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Investigators are working to determine if the second suspect was working with the first, Davidson said.

Davidson described the suspect who fired the shots as a light-skinned black man in his early 20s. He stands about 6 feet tall with a thin build and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a red shirt with large white lettering across the chest, tan shorts, a white baseball cap and had a red backpack. 

The second suspect is a black man with a red streak in his long hair, which was pulled back in a ponytail. He wore a yellow shirt and black shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111. 

Gordmans released the following statement:

"We are thankful no one was injured during this unfortunate incident at our Gordmans store on West Central Avenue. We applaud our associates at the store for keeping our guests safe during this time. Since this is an active investigation, all questions regarding the incident should be directed to the Wichita Police Department."

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