12-year-old shot during Campbell County armed robbery

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LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. (WATE) – A 12-year-old girl has been released from the hospital after a man shot her in the leg during an armed robbery on Thursday night.

The robbery happened around 10 p.m. at Lee’s Food Mart on General Carl Stiner Highway in LaFollette.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office said the man entered the store and began firing randomly.

The brother of the victim told WATE-TV that their family owns the store and they were closing up when the suspect stormed in demanding money.

“He never even expected me being there, or this many guys being there, so I think he just came to get the money, but he saw this many people all of a sudden got freaked out,” said Parth Patel, brother of the victim.

The store owner said the suspect was wearing a mask and gloves at the time of the robbery and believes the suspect stole $7,500.

The young girl was released from the hospital and family members say he is scared and shaken up, but okay.

Deputies are still searching for the male suspect, but were not able to provide a description.

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