By Matt Petrillo


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Gunfire erupted inside a Juniata mini mart Wednesday morning, and this is not the first time the store has been targeted. Police say this is the second time in two weeks that the store has been hit by robbers.

In the latest incident, a cashier was shot in the chest. Police are trying to figure out if the robberies are connected. If they are, it appears the suspects are getting more brazen.

That’s why police spent much of the morning looking for any evidence they could get a hold of.

 

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Police dogs scoured around Lycoming and O Streets, trying to find clues connected to the violent robbery that happened at the Brito Mini Market around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“Right now, it’s unknown what was taken or how much was taken,” Philadelphia Police Inspector Francis Bachmayer said.

What is known is the victim is well liked in the area.

“Good-hearted and it’s a shame. I just hope he’s OK,” neighbor Susan Woro-Pajew said.

Store owner Hector Rivera says the cashier is 30-year-old Robert Uceta. He was opening the store at the time, when three masked men walked in, one of them opened fire and then they all fled.

“I hope he’s OK. They told me he’s talking to the detectives,” Rivera said.

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Now, police are trying to figure out who the suspects are.

“There’s three males who we’re looking for. From our video, the perpetrators are all masked up,” Bachmayer said.

Eyewitness News is told the victim is doing OK.