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Two sought after Johnston County store clerk shooting

Posted August 26, 2010 8:18 a.m. EDT
Updated August 26, 2010 7:05 p.m. EDT

— Two men are sought in connection with the robbery and shooting of a store clerk Wednesday night at the Shop 'N Go, at N.C. Highway 42 and N.C. Highway 222 West, in Stancil’s Chapel, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

The men were caught on surveillance video robbing the store just before 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

The first suspect was described as black man, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a black or blue bandanna, long white shorts, a lime green shirt and white shoes.

The second suspect was described as a black man, about 5-foot-9, with a stocky build. He was last seen wearing a red baseball cap, blue or black bandanna, black shirt with a possible logo on his left chest and dark jeans.

During the robbery, clerk Herith Alkiefy, 18, was shot, said Tammy Amaon, spokeswoman for the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

Walid Haimed, who was also working at the store, said that Alkiefy handed over money and a box of Newport cigarettes to a gunman. Then, the gunman's mask fell off, Alkiefy moved, and the gunman fired twice, he said.

Witnesses said that Alkiefy was shot in the arm and back. He was treated and released from the hospital.

Authorities are also looking for two vehicles involved in the robbery. The first is an early-1990s model, four-door, gold Nissan Maxima. The second is a late-1990s model, dark green Pontiac Grand Prix with a sunroof and tan interior. The two-door car might have bullet holes in the passenger side.

The suspects are believed to have been involved in a second convenience store robbery that happened 20 minutes later on Wednesday night.

In the robbery of the Shop 'N Go at 13565 N.C. Highway 39, east of Zebulon, 62-year-old Wesley Davis was shot. He was in good condition at WakeMed in Raleigh Thursday.

Amaon said authorities believe the suspects in the first robbery were waiting in the car while Keith Mason, 17, and Kwame Bellamy, 19, went inside and robbed the Zebulon store.

While inside Bellamy was shot during a struggle with the store clerk. Mason wasn’t hurt.

The group took Bellamy to WakeMed Hospital after the robbery, Amaon said. While Mason stayed with Bellamy at the hospital, the other suspects fled.

Mason and Bellamy were arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and three counts of conspiracy in connection with the shooting of Davis. They were placed in the Johnston County jail under separate $500,000 bonds.

Locations of the shootings

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