HAVERHILL — Police said they have leads in the case of a masked gunman who fired a shot close to a store worker during a robbery.
The Police Department is giving the case top priority because the man not only showed a gun during the robbery of the Bradford Shell Gas and Convenience Store on Monday night, but also fired a round when a worker failed to immediately give him money, said police Lt. Robert Pistone.
“This man is a dangerous person and we will find him and get him off the street,’’ Pistone said. “We do a have a few leads which are being actively pursued.’’
Pistone said police have information which shows the man had help during the robbery. Pistone said because the man fired the gun, the charges against him and others involved will be more serious than just robbery charges.
“It appears he worked in concert with others,’’ Pistone said. “I am urging those others to come forward as they face serious charges as well.’’
Police said the man entered the store at 154 S. Main St. just after 6:30 p.m. He was carrying a handgun and wearing a mask, police 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.