By Lisa Washington

LINCOLN PLACE (KDKA) – Police are investigating after shots were fired during a robbery in Pittsburgh’s Lincoln Place neighborhood Wednesday morning.

According to police, the incident happened at the Sunoco/A Plus gas station in the 5200 block of Interboro Avenue around 2 a.m.

An African-American man entered the store and demanded money. When the employee refused to get up from their seat, the suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and fired a shot into the cigarette display case.

Once the first shot was fired, the employee knew the robbery was real.

“I didn’t get scared. I was in control of myself, but after his gun came off, shock to me,” Stan Tursunbaev said. “He just pointed at me with a small gun. First, I thought it was toy, it’s like a joke, his gun was so small, I thought it was like a toy gun. He come around here and made one shot and said, ‘Give me all your money, I’m not joking.’”

Tursunbaev said he apparently wasn’t moving fast enough for the suspect, and that’s when he fired a second shot.

“The first shot I was sitting here. When he shot there, the first shot, and then I just stood up, he made a second shot, like move faster,” he said.

Tursunbaev handed over an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled the scene in a red Chevy Cruze.

The suspect is described as being about 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighing 300 pounds. He has a short Afro and was last seen wearing a brown and white jacket with a camp baseball cap. The suspect also wore a brown and white checkered bandana during the incident.

Tursunbaev said the robbery happened quickly, but it felt like forever.

“In my mind, it was very slow, but when I look at the video, it happened in 30 seconds, but for me it was like, five, six minutes,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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