Police Investigate Attempted Robbery, Shooting At Gun Store
SOUTH FAYETTE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The search for a suspect continues this afternoon following an attempted robbery and shooting at a gun store in South Fayette.
The incident happened around 10 a.m. at the Federal Firearms gun store in the 5000-block of Thoms Run Road.
Officials say they believe a man walked into the store this morning and attempted to rob it.
According to authorities, a store employee was wounded in the incident. He has been identified as 64-year-old John Lukachak. Officials say he suffered gunshot wounds to the left hand and right shoulder.
Lukachak had a gun, but did not have time to draw it before he was shot.
He was taken to Allegheny General Hospital and is listed in good condition. Officials say he was alert and is talking to detectives there.
“We talked to him before he left,” South Fayette Township Police Chief Louis Volle said. “He’s in good spirits. He’s in good condition.”
The suspect is described as a white male in his 50’s, between five-feet-six-inches and five-feet-seven-inches tall and 150 to 160 pounds. He reportedly has gray hair and a gray goatee and was wearing a cap.
Authorities say they believe he may have got away in a beige or tan ‘88 Oldsmobile Delta with square headlights or a light tan Ford 150 pickup truck about five years old.
“We have no link between that person and the car at the moment,” Allegheny County Police Lt. Andrew Schurman said.
The store has a video surveillance system, but it does not appear the suspect was caught on tape.
A number of police departments were called to the scene including Allegheny County police, South Fayette police and state police along with officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Police have also brought in K9 units as the search continues.
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