Crystal Jordan and her husband, Robbie Jordan, were ambushed Monday night as they left the store with cash and checks, police said. Crystal Jordan operates the N.C. License Plate Agency, located in Bundy Square strip mall.
The Jordans were both shot more than once, police said. Robbie Jordan was treated and released from Carolinas Medical Center-Union, but Crystal Jordan remains in critical condition at Carolinas Medical Center Main.
Mandy Strickland, who witnessed the attack from her store next door, said the gunman robbed the couple.
"He was trying to grab her purse from her and she was trying to hold it and when he started shooting her, she let go of it," she said."She was not moving at all. There was blood everywhere and by the time the ambulance got here, it looked like she was going into shock."
Strickland said the gunman then shot Robbie Jordan.
"He was shot in the face and he also got shot in the back," she said. "When he grabbed his face the first time is when the guy shot him in the back."
Surveillance cameras at Strickland's store were rolling as the attack happened. The footage is difficult to make out, but a flurry of movement can be seen in the video, outside the far window.
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The shooter fled the scene and has not been caught. He is described as a short, black man in his early 20s. At the time of the attack, he was wearing a white T-shirt with a blue design or logo on the front, loose-fitting blue jeans and ankle-height white tennis shoes, police said. His hair may be in cornrows, according to police.
The gunman was last seen running toward the El Revention nightclub, police said. Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Union County Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600.
Monroe police are investigating a similar robbery that happened last month.
"There was one in Charlotte just a few weeks ago, so we're looking at that case also to see if there are any similarities," said Monroe Police Chief Debra Duncan.