Victim shot after tossing car keys in Winston-Salem robbery

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man was shot late Wednesday night during an armed robbery outside an apartment complex.

Charles Edward Samuels told police he had driven to the East Gate Village apartments in the 2900 block of New Walkertown Road to visit friends.  He was walking toward their apartment when he passed the suspects around 11:45 p.m.

Immediately after passing the suspects, the victim heard one of them demand everything from the his pockets. Samuels turned around, saw the suspect was armed with a gun, and emptied his pockets, police said.

The suspects also demanded Samuels’ keys, but the victim threw them to prevent his vehicle from being stolen, police said.

After Samuels threw his keys, the armed suspect shot the victim in his lower leg, police said.

Both suspects then ran away with the rest of the victim’s belongings, police said.

Samuels required surgery after being shot, but police said the injury is not life-threatening.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.  The first, who was armed with a gun, was described as standing 6′ tall and weighing between 250 and 260 lbs.  He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a black mask at the time of the robbery.

The second suspect is described as clean shaven, standing 6′ tall and weighing between 150 and 160 lbs.  At the time he was wearing a black “Bomber” style jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police or Crimestoppers at 727-2800.