Business Owner Talks After Shots Fired in Robbery

Published 07/22 2014 01:35PM

Updated 07/22 2014 06:26PM

By Melissa Adan

LUBBOCK, TX -- The owner of P&R Surge, Henry Martinez, reacted to the Monday night robbery of his business which included two suspects firing shots after they robbed an employee.

“I’ve never had something like this happen here,” Martinez said. 

Martinez said the employee, a 56-year-old man, had the back door open because it was hot inside the building.  Martinez and the police report both said two men walked in with a gun and robbed the employee.

“They told him, ‘Give me your money or I’ll shoot you,’” Martinez said.  So, the employee gave up his wallet and his car keys. 

A written statement from Lubbock Police said, “The suspects were screaming profanity and demanding the victim’s property while violently frisking him.”

The statement also said, “As the two suspects fled the shop after taking his property they fired shots in the direction of the victim.”

 "He was grinding so he didn't hear no commotion or nothing and he got tapped on the back and he grabbed the broom and was gonna swing at him," said Martinez, referring to his employee's encounter. "But then the man pulls out a gun and he shoots a round in the air."

Martinez allowed to get pictures of the bullet holes in his shop in the 300 block of East 40th Street.  His hands were shaking as he talked about it.  The employee was not hurt. 

“He’s okay. That’s what’s important,” Martinez said. 

Police said, “The suspects were described as two black males in their late teens 5’8” to 5’9” 150 to 165 lbs wearing masks, gloves, and long sleeve shirts.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime‐Line at 741‐1000.

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