Police: Man shot at, woman assaulted in attempts to foil armed robbery

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Police say a woman was assaulted and a man was shot at Sunday evening when they attempted to foil an armed robbery in Burlington.

According to police, officers responded shortly after 7:15 p.m. Sunday to a report of a robbery at the Family Dollar at 908 East Webb Ave.

The store's clerk told police that three men had their faces covered and were armed with handguns when they walked inside and demanded money from the register and safe.

Police say a woman who was leaving the store attempted to keep the suspects from fleeing by holding the door closed.

The suspects ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash after one of them hit the woman several times in the head with their handgun, police said.

After getting out of the store, police say the suspects ran toward Stone Street, where they got into a gold Honda Accord that appeared to be a mid- to late-90s model.

Police said another bystander attempted to follow the suspects after witnessing them run across Webb Avenue toward the getaway car.

One of the suspects began shooting at the witness' vehicle while he was following them toward Maple Avenue, police said.  After being shot at, the witness pulled over to the side of the road.

The suspect vehicle was last seen on Flanner Street heading toward Moorehead Street.

The woman who was struck was not seriously injured and did not require medical attention, police said.

No other injuries were reported.

Police are investigating and ask that anyone with information about the suspects or robbery would call Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100.