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Man living near troubled Southeast Side store says crime forcing him away from area

Shooting occurred at A-Z Food Mart in 4000 block of E. Southcross

SAN ANTONIO – A man who lives near the A-Z Food Mart, where two people were hurt last week in an attempted robbery, said the continuing crime is forcing him to move away. 

Two local food mart employees were shot during an attempted robbery on the city's Southeast Side late Thursday night, San Antonio police said.

Officers were called just after 10 p.m. to the A-Z Food Mart in the 4000 block of East Southcross after receiving reports of a shooting.

According to police, a man entered the store with a handgun demanding money but the two store clerks refused. 

Police said the culprit fled on foot firing his gun, shooting a 32-year-old woman in the leg and a 36-year-old man in the backside.

Police have been called out more than 20 times to the store since the beginning of this year. Shawnte Bryant, who lives near the area and shops at the store often, said it's crimes such as these that are forcing him to move away.

"I got full custody of my kids, so I can't afford for anything to happen at all, so I just try to maintain and stay out of the way. It has lasted for me," he said. "I don't know how much longer it is going to last, but I ain't taking no chances."

The wounded clerks were taken by EMS to Brooke Army Medical Center for their injuries. Their names were not released.

Police also did not disclose a description of the suspect. The investigation is ongoing.


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Japhanie Gray

From the home of the Seminoles, Japhanie Gray grew up in the town of Osceola, Arkansas. She graduated as the Salutatorian of the Osceola Class of 2011. She attended Arkansas State University, where she participated in the National Association of Black Journalists and the Spanish Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi.