Police: Man with shotgun threatened to kill customers, employees in Walgreens robbery

by: Alexa Ashwell Updated:

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SALISBURY, N.C. - Police are looking for the man who terrorized customers and employees at a Salisbury Walgreens Sunday night.

Officers said the man ran into the store on East Innes Street with a shotgun and forced those inside to lie on the ground at gunpoint, threatening to shoot if they did not comply.

Police told Channel 9 that the man demanded prescription pills.

It was a frightening experience for the people inside the store, and with the armed man on the loose, police released surveillance pictures, hoping someone recognizes him.

In the pictures the man is seen holding a shotgun, wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt and what looks like a fishing hat.

Channel 9 spoke to the husband of the pharmacist at the store who said the man ran into the store and told everyone to get on the ground, threatening to shoot and kill them all before demanding Oxycodone and Xanax.

That's when employees called police.

The pharmacist's husband said he was in total shock when he got a text message from his wife, letting him know what happened.

“It was absolutely terrifying. As soon as I got that on the text message, I had to read it twice. And I came here immediately to find out what was going on," said Justin Pauley.

After the man walked out the front door, employees locked it so no one else could come back in, and waited for police.

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