Police say a Walmart employee is recovering after being shot by a gunman during a robbery Wednesday morning at a store in Laurel, Md.
The incident happened around 4:17 a.m. at the Walmart on Russett Green East.
Authorities say the gunman approached the employee inside the store and demanded he turn over money.
After the employee complied and turned over an undisclosed amount of money, the gunman forced him outside and shot him in the parking lot before fleeing the scene in a dark colored van.
The 28-year-old was shot in the upper body and was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators say that while they were at the scene, a vehicle was found fully engulfed in flames nearby. Officers say the vehicle may have been used by the suspect to flee.
The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a dark mask, black pants, a black jacket and a gray or white sweatshirt with a hood.
Ashley Hardie, spokeswoman for Walmart, called the shooting a senseless act of violence and said the store is working with the Laurel Police Department to identify the suspect.
"We take the safety of our associates and customers very seriously and will continue to work with police to provide a safe and secure environment," said Hardie in a statement given to FOX 5.
Hardie says that counselors have been made available to other store associates.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Eric Wills of the Robbery Unit at 410-222-3432(3566) or Metro Crime Stoppers. $2000 cash reward is being offered.
WALMART FULL STATEMENT
"We're concerned for our associate and our thoughts are with him as he recovers. We're staying in close contact with Ali's family to understand how we can help during this time.
"This was a senseless act of violence. We're working with the Laurel Police Department to provide any information that will assist them in identifying who's responsible.
"We take the safety of our associates and customers very seriously and will continue to work with police to provide a safe and secure environment.
"We have made counselors available to our store associates as a resource for anyone who may want to talk to someone."
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