Shots fired, police chase, vehicle crash stem from attempt to steal gun from Winston-Salem pawn shop

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Police are continuing to search for a second suspect after two people tried to steal a gun from a Winston-Salem pawn shop, resulting in shots being fired and a brief police chase which ended in a crash.

The Winston-Salem Police Department says they received a report of shots fired and a possible robbery at Blade Runners pawn shop at 11:14 a.m. Friday.

Detectives tell FOX8 that the suspects had tried to steal a gun but were confronted outside of the shop before the shots were fired.

Police have not identified who fired the shots.

“I hear the gunshot, then they took off,” said Jesus Perez, who works in a neighboring building.

As officers were arriving, they saw the suspect vehicle, a black Toyota Camry, trying to drive away from the scene. Police say the officers turned on their emergency lights and siren to try to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued to flee. Officers then chased the vehicle.

“We kept hearing the sirens and then I kind of look over here and I see this car just zooming down,” said Ashelynn Stone, who witnessed the end of the chase.

The driver had traveled about two miles from the pawn shop, onto Woodard Road, which is near the end of the city limits. There, he lost control and crashed into a field, where the Camry rolled over and the driver was ejected.

“I saw his tire fly, and then it kind of tailspinned for a second and then kind of flipped forward,” Stone said.

The driver was taken to the hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

“It was definitely an experience, I can’t believe that actually happened so close to our home,” Stone said.

There were no other injuries reported.

Police say the gun the suspects attempted to steal was recovered in the parking lot of the pawn shop.

As of now, no arrests have been made, but the investigation is ongoing.​