GREENSBORO, N.C. — Deputies are searching for three suspects after two stores were robbed and one store owner was shot.
The incidents both happened Friday evening on Liberty Road in Greensboro.
The Guilford County Sheriff's Office and emergency workers responded to the Kash Kwik Stop No. 2, at 3902 Liberty Road, shortly before 9 p.m. in reference to a robbery attempt and shooting.
Two store clerks were in the store when two men wearing masks entered. During the robbery attempt, the store owner, Kashyap Yagnik, known as “Kash,” was shot.
"It's one of those things that it hit close to home," said Kyle Underhill, who lives four houses from the Kwik Stop. "I'm not really sure why. I mean, he's a really nice guy, he probably asked them politely to leave."
Employees of the Liberty Road Dollar General, which is about a mile away from the Kwik Stop, confirm that they were also robbed. They say the robbery occurred around the same time as the robbery and shooting at the Kwik Stop.
"With the Dollar General right down the road, and this place as well, it's somebody that knows the area," said Underhill.
We have not confirmed whether or not the robberies are connected through authorities.
You're (going to) see more, and more, and more of it," said David Tidwell, a Kwik Stop customer, who believes a lack of discipline from parents and a lenient legal system are to blame. "You murder, kill and then you walk away from it like it never happened."
It is unclear if money or property was stolen from either of the businesses.
The suspects in the Kwik Stop robbery and shooting fled in a car being driven by a third suspect. Sheriff's deputies say the getaway car was a burgundy sedan that may be a Ford Taurus. The suspects were last seen traveling back toward central Greensboro.
At last check, "Kash" Yagnik was recovering from his injuries after undergoing surgery Friday night.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000, or Detective J.M. Lowes at (336) 641-5968.