Customer Shot Store Clerk While Buying Beer, Video Shows

An “impatient” customer who shot a North Carolina grocery clerk while waiting to buy beer has been arrested, police said Wednesday.

Mario Antonio Harrison, 52, was caught on surveillance video filming a cashier twice on July 31 at Apple Tree Grocery in High Point, where cops said he and another man became agitated during their botched beer purchase.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that two black men were impatient and did not want to wait to pay for their beer at the checkout and entered the beer cooler to persuade
another employee to take his money [and] when he refused, the shooting happened, ”police said in a statement.

The clip shows Harrison confronting the employee in the cooler before he turns around and opens fire with a gun hidden in his pants, hitting the 30-year-old in the groin and legs. The injured worker was taken to hospital in stable condition, police said.

Harrison, who was previously convicted of violent crimes, was later identified as the shooter. Arrest warrants for attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a criminal were obtained by investigators ahead of his arrest in Lexington on Sunday. He remains in jail on $ 1 million bail, police said.

Police said they identified the suspect as Mario Antonio Harrison, 52.
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Harrison was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a criminal.
Harrison was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a criminal.
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Police said they identified the suspect as Mario Antonio Harrison, 52.
The injured grocery clerk was taken to hospital in stable condition.
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An investigation into the shooting is still ongoing.

“No further information will be released at this time,” police said in a statement.

Harrison, of High Point, and the second man fled the store in a white Jeep Cherokee after the shooting, WBTV reported.

Anyone with additional information about the shooting is asked to call High Point Police at (336) 889-4000.