Search for brazen gunmen underway after violent Murfreesboro robbery

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The search continues for two gunmen after violent robbery at a Rutherford County neighborhood market was captured on surveillance video.

The surveillance video clearly shows the brazen robbers, who were armed with a shotgun and a long barrow revolver, catch the clerk, who was on the phone, off-guard.

“This was one of the situations that is as serious as it gets,” Murfreesboro police spokesman Sgt. Kyle Evans said. “It was a violent take over-style robbery where the individuals entered the store and scanned for individuals in there and they had no fears of using deadly force.”

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

The robbers split up; one took the front counter, the other the side.

The video shows the clerk throw his hands up and comply with their demands.

“These men meant business,” Evans said.

In the video, the suspect holding the shotgun appears to rack it, but police said its semi-automatic.

A closer look at the video shows the bullet cylinder of the revolver was not even closed.

“The suspect holding the revolver may not be as familiar with the firearm as the cylinder was open during the robbery, but when you’re in that moment, your intent is the same. It’s to kill the clerk if he resists,” Evans said.

The clerk opened the store register and handed it over to the robber who stuffed the cash into his pockets.

He then uses his shirt sleeve trying not to leave a fingerprint.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

The robbers made sure their faces were covered, but police said what they were wearing could be key pieces of evidence.

“Detectives hope that someone will recognize the distinctive clothing, the hat, the jacket, the shoes these individuals were wearing,” Evans said.

Police said they want to get these the crooks off the street.

“Anytime we have two people walking around with a shotgun and a revolver and not afraid to display it and use deadly force, attempting to take property from other people are exactly the type of people we want off the streets of Murfreesboro and into the Tennessee prison system before they hurt someone,” Evans said.

Anyone with information on the robbers’ identities or whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP.

A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

Before this robbery occurred, police had already planned a Robbery Prevent Seminar, which will include, active shooter training, for Nov. 12 and 16 at 6PM.

It will be held at 324 S. Church Street at the MPD Annex Building.

It’s free of charge.

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