Employee shot during robbery at Portsmouth convenience store

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — An employee was shot during an armed robbery at a convenience store Wednesday in Portsmouth.

It happened at the Neighborhood Market at 52 Afton Parkway. Officers were called to the scene at 9:29 p.m.

Police say two suspects entered the store with handguns. While trying to rob the store, the employee was shot in the leg, police say. The suspects fled the scene with cash and cigarettes.

Police say the employee suffered what appears to be a non life-threatening injury.

Robberies like this have nearby businesses taking dramatic action and some are moving out.

“I’ve had people come in here and threaten cash out of the drawer and I simply look at them and stand up and I’m like… ‘Do you really — do you really think that’s a good idea?’ I bring my pit bull and my husky here every day,” said Chris Paquette, of C&S Hobbies. “I’m moving out of here, enough is enough and I will be out by Monday once they pull the security system.”

Richard Reeder, who works just a few feet from the Neighborhood Market, shared a similar story. He put in steel doors and took out the window to the Disabled American Veteran’s office.

“Some people get out here and think they are fireworks out here with their guns,” said Reeder. “They start around seven at night.”

10 On Your Side has covered robberies at the Neighborhood Market before. The most recent one happened on July 29.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.