SOUTH BEND There were two dangerous robberies at separate 7-Eleven stores in South Bend. The two latest incidents make it three total crime scenes at South Bend gas stations in the last 48 hours.
Police released photos of the suspects in these robberies and are asking for the public's help to track them down.
At least one shot was fired at the 7-Eleven in the 500 block of East LaSalle Avenue during an armed robbery. The suspects fled the scene.
Newscenter 16 obtained surveillance video showing two suspects entering the store and pointing a gun at the clerk. Moments later, one of the men fired his gun at the glass counter-top near the register.
“Not sure of the circumstances why the shot was fired,” said Capt. Phil Trent, of the South Bend Police Department. “As far as we know from the story, the clerk was being compliant.”
The clerk suffered only minor injuries from the shattered glass.
Just a short time later, there was another armed robbery at a 7-Eleven in the 4100 block of Lincoln Way W.
“It was a single individual with a handgun,” Trent said. “The clerk was robbed, basically the same scenario. He asked for cash and fled on foot. We believe the individual had a car parked east of the parking lot.”
Officers detained three juvenile boys just a few blocks away from the scene of the second robbery. They questioned them in front of the McDonald's on Lincoln Way, but police are not calling them suspects at this time.
Police are reviewing surveillance video and haven't made any arrests in the crimes. They are looking into any possible connection between the two Thursday robberies because of the close timing.
A gas station at the intersection of Adams and Lincoln Way West was the site of a shooting on Wednesday night. A man was shot in the legs and taken to the hospital.
Trent said that these stations are targets because they are open late.
No arrests have been made.