By Bill Cantwell
---- — HAVERHILL — Police are looking for a man who fired a gun and narrowly missed a store worker while trying to rob the Bradford Shell Gas and Convenience Store last night.
Investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying the man and offering a reward for information leading to his arrest.
Police said the man entered the store at 154 S. Main St. just after 6:30 p.m. He was wearing a mask and carrying a handgun, they said.
They said the man pointed the gun at a female clerk and told her to give him money from the cash register.
When she paused, he said, “This is not a joke’’ and fired a round from the gun, according to police. The bullet missed the clerk.
The clerk then left emptied the cash register and the man took the money and walked out of the store, police said.
Police described the man as light skinned, 30 to 40 years old, and 5 feet-8 inches to 5 feet-10 inches tall. They said he was wearing a dark colored Carhartt vest, faded blue jeans and gray sneakers with white soles, and had tattoos and a wedding ring on his left hand. He is believed to have scruffy facial hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. William O’Connell at 978-722-1553 or contact the Haverhill Police anonymous tip line at 978-373-1212 and press prompt 1.