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Fayetteville Store Clerk Killed in Robbery Attempt

Posted January 22, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— Fayetteville police are looking for a man who shot and killed a convenience store clerk during a robbery attempt Tuesday night.

Police say someone walked in and held up the Amoco gas station on Raeford Road around 9 p.m.

Timothy Potts, 34, was shot in the lower arm through an opening in a sliding pay window. The bullet entered his body, and he died Tuesday night.

Police say the suspect got away without taking any money.

Ten minutes later, a nearby Citgo station was the target of a robbery at gunpoint. Police believe the same person is responsible.

Police are reviewing a surveillance tape from the Amoco station.

The store had been robbed before. Its owners took steps to protect employees by installing the camera and putting up a protective fence. No customers were allowed inside the small store. The only access was through the pay window.

Potts had only worked at the store for two weeks. His wife, Angela, says Timothy was a full-time student who worked nights to support his family.

"He had a lot of plans. He wanted a better job so he could really support us, and we wouldn't have to struggle," she says. "He was a wonderful, wonderful man. He loved us so much and showed it every day."

A vigil was held at Trinity United Methodist Church for family and friends of Potts to get together and grieve over their loss.

"He always gave you a big hug and a firm handshake. He knew everybody by name," says Darryl Yax, Potts' friend.

Kaye Lewis was one of the last people to see Potts at the gas station. She expected to see Potts on Sunday.

"There will be a lot of tears, but we will have a lot of good memories especially of Tim," she says.

A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mount Vernon Baptist Church at Grays Creek.

Members of Potts' church have set up a memorial fund to help pay for funeral expenses. Donations can be sent to :Trinity United Methodist Church6974 Raeford RoadFayetteville, N.C. 28304