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Shots fired inside Harris Teeter; $50,000 reward offered

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) -

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for two men they say fired shots inside a south Charlotte grocery store during an armed robbery. 

This is just the latest brazen robbery inside a local Harris Teeter and now the chain is offering a $50,000 reward for information.

Officers were called to the Harris Teeter store located along the 11500 block of Providence Road shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday night. WBTV was told that multiple shots were fired inside the store, but no one was shot in the robbery.

A store manager was assaulted, police said after the suspects hit the employee in the back of the head. Paramedics treated them on the scene.

The suspects fled the scene on foot, running along Providence Road, police said. Police only had a vague description of the suspects.

Both were wearing clothing that concealed their identities. Officers say one of the men was caught on surveillance wearing a baseball cap.

Detectives indicate these suspects have a similar appearance as the individuals responsible for a series of armed robberies at Harris Teeters' in Cornelius, Union County, and South Carolina.

Harris Teeter contacted Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers early Wednesday morning and committed a $50,000 reward for information leading to the successful arrests of those responsible for recent robberies at Harris Teeter stores in Charlotte and the surrounding area.

Harris Teeter says it is also hiring additional security personnel for its stores in Charlotte and the surrounding area to further safeguard its associates and shoppers against the egregious criminal behavior that has taken place in its stores.

"The company places the highest priority on the welfare of both its associates and its shoppers, and will not stand-by as criminal acts against the company continue to put associates and shoppers at risk," a statement from the grocery chain said. "Harris Teeter is actively working with local Law Enforcement to aide its investigation in whatever way possible and hopes the $50,000 reward will motivate those with information about the crimes to come forward."

The company says it will meet with employees who were working at the time of the incidents, as well as other associates who feel adversely affected. 

Company officials say lucky no one was injured because employees were following company procedures for handling instances such as this.

"We commend our associates for how they handled the situations and will continue to train them in this regard," the statement said.

Tuesday's robbery comes just hours after Harris Teeter offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person suspected of robbing another Harris Teeter store in Cornelius earlier this month.

CMPD is working closely with agencies who have experienced these armed robberies in their jurisdictions as well as the FBI.

Anyone with information concerning the suspects identities and or whereabouts is asked to call 9-11 or the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704.334.1600.

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