INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 1, 2016) -- Indianapolis police are looking for two armed suspects following a pair of violent overnight robberies.
The suspects pistol whipped one clerk and tried to shoot another.
The stickups took place just a half hour apart, one on the east side and another on the near north side.
The suspects started at a Shell right next to the Children’s Museum on 30th street.
The suspects attacked and pistol whipped the clerk, grabbed some cash and fled.
After that they hit a Conoco store near the 4100 block of E. 16th street.
Dramatic surveillance video shows the two men, one armed with a handgun, storm inside the gas station.
The thieves knocked over a display as they tried to force their way behind the counter.
“It’s very dangerous situation and very frustrating when someone comes in with a gun,” said store owner Aulwander Singh.
In the video you can actually see one of the suspects shooting the glass door protecting Singh’s employee.
“We have a safety glass door, so that really saved a life,” said Singh.
The masked crooks quickly sprinted out of Singh’s store without any money.
For several years, state representative Ed Delaney has struggling to pass Marcy’s law aimed at making convenience stores safer.
The idea is to require high risk stores to make changes like installing bulletproof glass at the counter to protect clerks, but the convenience store lobby has long opposed the law calling it an unfair mandate targeting one specific industry.
“I think human life is more important than anything else. You know money you can make it anytime,” said Singh.
Singh showed us the bullets holes left behind by the suspects.
He says installing the protective glass cost him several thousand dollars, but says that’s a small price to pay to save his employees life.
“That is the most important thing, if you want to have a retail business, you ought to have safety measures you know,” said Singh.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).