That suspect was still at large Friday night, which had employees and customers not just at the store but all over Haverhill feeling uneasy.The incident happened just before 6:30 a.m. The suspect pointed a black firearm at the clerk and demanded money. After the clerk was unable to open the register, he then attempted to fire his weapon, but it appeared to jam.
Priscilla Belmer's daughter is a clerk at the convenience store."It was tough on them - it really was," she said, adding that her daughter is still nervous after the incident. "They're all nervous in there and I don't blame them. Usually if there's a robbery, there's a gun or something, but they don't try to shoot it."
The suspect allegedly tried to shoot not just once, but twice. Haverhill's deputy police chief said that the clerk was having difficulty opening the register, but he isn't sure if that's why the suspect attempted to shoot."The clerk was doing paperwork and had just happened to look up but didn't really pay attention," Belmer said. "And next thing that they knew, the guy had gone around the other side of the booth and put the gun in their face."