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2 employees shot, 1 fatally, during armed robbery of Winston-Salem sweepstakes

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Winston-Salem police are considering numerous leads as they search for two suspects they say shot two employees of a sweepstakes business, killing one of the men and putting the other in critical, unstable condition.

“It’d be sad any time, but it’s sadder this time of year,” said Marilyn Fredrick Stanley, who used to frequent the business and knows both victims.

Police say they’ve determined that shortly after 4 a.m. Monday, two suspects armed with handguns entered “The Hook” sweepstakes on Kernersville Road. There, they shot the victims before running away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

“It was probably pretty frantic,” Fredrick Stanley said. “I can’t imagine being in that position.”

The employee who was killed has been identified as 53-year-old Albert Fitzhugh Haskins Jr. Coworkers and friends say Haskins worked as a security guard at the business. Police say he died at the scene.

“He’s such a gentle giant,” Fredrick Stanley said. “He’s such a nice guy.”

Police say the second victim is a 28-year-old, but are not releasing his identity for investigative purposes. The 28-year-old was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment.

“I guess obviously, even with security, it wasn’t good enough,” Fredrick Stanley said.

Police say the same sweepstakes business was robbed at gunpoint on June 13 and July 22.