Cash register shot during robbery at troubled Ogontz Ave. 7-Eleven [video]

 Surveillance footage of the alleged robbery suspect. (Courtesy of Philadelphia Police)

Surveillance footage of the alleged robbery suspect. (Courtesy of Philadelphia Police)

Police are again asking for the public’s help in tracking down an unknown gunman who opened fire during a failed robbery attempt inside a troubled 7-Eleven location in West Oak Lane.

In the latest case, an unknown man entered the convenience store located at 7720 Ogontz Ave., pointed a handgun at an employee and fired a shot through the cash register just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

“While the suspect was demanding money from the cash register, the employee backed away from the counter, at which time the suspect fled the store firing one shot striking the cash register,” according to a police press release. “The suspect then fled the area and was last seen on foot south on Ogontz Avenue. Nothing was taken during the robbery.”

The suspect is described as a thin, 5-foot 8-inch tall black male in his late teens or early twenties. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the back, dark-colored pants and dark-colored sneakers.

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Police are quite familiar with this location, having investigated at least seven robberies there since April 2011, and responding to a Jan. 2013 call in which its windows were smashed out.

Police ask anyone with information about the case, or suspect, to call Northwest Detective Division at (215) 686-3353/54 or the tipline at (215) 686-TIPS, text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or send it in via the department’s website.

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