Crime

Hotel clerk shot July 2 expected to survive

A Charlotte hotel clerk was shot once last week while she stood behind the front desk but is expected to survive, police said Friday.

Surveillance footage from July 2 shows a young man with a handgun walk into the Drury Inn and Suites at 415 West W.T. Harris Blvd. and shoot the clerk while she was on the phone. The suspect then ran out without taking anything.

The suspect is a black man in his late 20s, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin build, and short dreadlocks. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt and camouflage shorts, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman Rob Tufano.

He said the victim was shot once and taken to Carolinas Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Jim Bohnert, director of security for Drury Hotels, said they are not releasing any information on the victim.

“This was just such a brazen act of someone just walking in and firing, and walking right back out the door,” he said. “It was seconds.”

Police responded to an armed robbery by the same suspect at the Rodeway Inn on West Sugar Creek Road 40 minutes earlier, Tufano said.

Police told WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, that the man sarcastically said to the clerk, “Have a safe one,” on his way out.

“We’re there to provide hospitality to guests,” Bohnert said. “We’re not thinking a gunman is coming in to shoot one of our employees.”

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Reward for information

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Drury Hotels is offering a reward of up to $5,000 in addition to the Crime Stoppers reward for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the suspect.

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