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North Charleston police are searching for a gunman who held up a convenience store early Friday and shot one of its employees in the abdomen.

A 911 hang-up call around 1 a.m. drew officers to the A-1 gas station at 4327 Spruill Ave., according to an incident report.

Officers arrived at the scene and found one of the store's employees lying on the ground, bleeding from a gunshot wound. He was transported to Medical University Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

A second employee told police that he had been locking up for the night when a masked man approached the other employee in the parking lot and hit him in the head with a pistol.

The gunman dragged that employee into the store and ordered the other to open its safe, the report said.

When that employee failed to come back with money, the gunman began firing randomly into the store, police said. The gunman started to leave, then turned and fired one last shot, wounding one of the employees.

The gunman fled toward Bexely Street, witnesses reported to investigators. A search of the area failed to produce a suspect Friday.

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