Search On For Robber

WHEELING – City police are searching for the person who assaulted an employee at the Gumby’s Cigarette and Beer World store on River Road and then robbed the business at gunpoint on Tuesday night.

Police said they received a call at 8:16 p.m. and arrived on the scene two minutes later. The robber had fled the scene on foot, running north on the city’s walking trail located behind the business. He was described as a light-skinned black man believed to be in his 20s, approximately 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a blue jumpsuit or coveralls, a gray hood over his head, sunglasses and a bandana around his face.

Video surveillance from the business was obtained by the on-call detective for review.

According to a police report, the suspect struck the Gumby’s employee in the head with his gun. She was transported to Wheeling Hospital for treatment of her injury. Police said the injury was not life threatening. There were no other employees in the store at the time.

The report did not indicate what was taken in the robbery.

Police are asking for the public’s help. Anyone who may have seen the suspect or a vehicle leaving the area at the time of the robbery is asked to contact the Wheeling Police Department at 304-234-3781.

Calls to the business this morning were referred to voicemail.

Meanwhile about an hour later Tuesday night, police responded to a report of shots fired in the 100 block of South Wabash Street on Wheeling Island.

The call came into 911 dispatch at 9:15 p.m., and when officers arrived on the scene, they found that a house on the block had at least three bullet holes through the back wall. None of the residents inside were struck by the gunfire. After talking with residents in the area, officers learned that a dark car, possibly a Dodge, fled the area after the gunshots came from that car.

At press time, the shooter had not been located. Police said they could not determine a motive for the shooting. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the police department.