Police: Suspect Shoots At Wichita Store Manager During Robbery Attempt

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -- Police are looking for a suspect who shot at a convenience store manager during an attempted robbery Monday night.

It happened at the Phamily Express, located at 1203 East Pawnee, about 8:30 Monday night. Store manager Anh Pham was sweeping the floor, and his sister was behind the register. Suddenly a masked man entered the store pointing a gun at Pham and demanded money.

His sister hid, but Pham refused to turn over the cash and poked at the suspect with the broom. The manager then retreated behind an aisle and began throwing soda bottles at the suspect.

Police say the suspect then fired twice but missed Pham, instead hitting the store's soda machine. He ran from the store empty-handed.

Pham, who declined to go on camera, said his family had owned the store about a year and never been robbed although he has had some propane tanks stolen from a locked outside cage.

He also said last night was the only time he had left his 9mm handgun at home. Although he doesn't like guns, Pham said he has to protect his family and will not be without it again.

Wichita Police, on the other hand, advise not to resist when confronted by a robber.

"We always recommend no matter what they're demanding, whether you see a weapon or not, property is not worth injuries that could be sustained for not complying," said Wichita Police Lt. Dan East.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 5-feet-9 to 5-feet-11 inches tall and 170 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, a black do-rag and a white mask.

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