Tammy Mutasa, Garland Reporter
Garland Police released surveillance video of the robbery of a Shell gas station in the 5100 block of Duck Creek Drive
Garland police are offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the armed robbery of a gas station.
Surveillance video shows three masked men robbing a Shell gas station in the 5100 block of Duck Creek Drive just before 9:45 p.m. on March 30.
"One of the things that is very frightening to us is how quickly this guy was willing to shoot somebody," police spokesman Officer Joe Harn said.
The men stormed into the gas station and quickly fired a gun at one of the store owners, who was working behind the counter. The bullet hit the 41-year-old man in shoulder as he turned away. The incident unfolded right in front of bystander.
"We need to get these guys off the streets," Harn said.
The gunman then turned the gun on a woman who was also working behind the counter. She gave him cash, and the three men ran into a wooded greenbelt area across the street.
The injured 41-year-old man is still recovering at Baylor Hospital.
"Fortunately, we had this man recover, but next time they could very well kill somebody, so we need to get them arrested," Harn said.
None of the store owners wanted to be interviewed for security reasons.
The owners of nearby businesses said the robbery has stolen their sense of security.
"These are our livelihoods over here," said Lynne Bukin, owner of Duck Creek Cleaners. "We're small businesses owners, we put in hours and hours, and you find out someone you work with every single day got shot. It's scary, you know."
Bukin, whose business has been on the strip for more than 20 years, said she is now always on the lookout.
"Let's get these people off the streets, and let's get our neighborhood back," she said.
Garland Crime Stoppers is offering a reward in the case. It will decide on the amount after an arrest is made. The number is 972-272-8477.