Shot fired as Family Dollar store robbed Tuesday

YOUNGSTOWN — Police report a shot was fired into the ceiling of a Family Dollar store, 2224 Market St., about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday by one of two robbers who was upset that people were not complying with demands fast enough.

Officers were called to the store for a report of an armed robbery and shots fired inside the store. When they arrived, employees told them a pair of men came in and one of them pulled a revolver and ordered everyone behind the counter. When they didn’t move fast enough the robber with the gun fired a shot, reports said.

Employees said one of the robbers forced them to put the cash drawer in a bag and they also stole several packs of cigarettes.

Police used a police dog from Struthers to track the robbers to a vacant house on St. Louis Avenue. A witness there told police they saw a van pull in the drive and two men get out and the driver stayed in the van before the men returned and the van drove away.

This is the third armed robbery of a store within a week. A store was robbed on the East Side on Friday and another store was robbed on Mahoning Avenue on Saturday evening.

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