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Police searching for suspects who robbed, opened fire at Phoenix-area smoke shop

(Peoria Police Department Photo)

PHOENIX — Police are searching for two suspects who allegedly robbed a Phoenix-area smoke shop before opening fire on the employees.

Police said the suspects entered the Smoke Shop near Union Hills Drive and 91st Avenue in Peoria about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. One allegedly pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money.

The suspect then walked around the counter and stole an undisclosed amount.

The second suspect was allegedly covering the first and kept his handgun trained on the clerk.

When a second employee, who was working in the back, spotted the suspects, he grabbed a firearm and walked into the main part of the store.

The second suspect opened fire, but missed. The employee returned fire and the suspects fled.

Both employees gave chase. The suspects fired several more shots, nearly hitting the employees and several bystanders.

No one was injured.

The first suspect is a white male in his early 20s. He stands between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-9, weighs between 17- and 180 pounds and has a medium build. He has either red or blonde hair and may have a tattoo on his right bicep.

His face was covered by a purple bandana.

He was last seen wearing black Vans shoes, gray jeans, a black tee shirt, a Detroit Tigers hat and sunglasses.

The second suspect is a while male in his early 30s. He stands between 6-foot and 6-foot-2, weighs between 175 and 185 pounds and has a thin build. He has brown hair.

His face was covered by a black bandana.

He was last seen wearing gray boat shoes, olive-grey cargo shorts and a black shirt with the sleeves rolled up.

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