One patron was pistol-whipped and a clerk was spared getting shot during the robbery of a convenience store near Marshallton early Sunday morning.
Delaware State Police (DSP) reported the incident occurred at 1:30 a.m., on August 5, 2018, at the Royal Farms located at 3701 Kirkwood Highway.
According to troopers, an armed suspect walked into the store from the rear entrance doors and approached one employee and a handful of customers at the sales counter.
As the suspect ordered the five patrons down on the floor, police said he struck one of them in the head with the handgun. He then pointed the gun directly at the clerk and demanded money from the store's register.
DSP indicated that, while the employee was gathering the money, the suspect became agitated and pulled the handgun's trigger. The weapon did not fire and, after eventually receiving an undisclosed amount of cash from the clerk, fled from the same set of doors in which he entered the store.
The customer who was struck with the handgun refused medical treatment, troopers said.
The suspect was described as a black male, with a a white cloth covering his face, 6'-6'2", 150 to 170 lbs., thin build, and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
There were no surveillance images immediately available to authorities. Anyone with information related to the ongoing investigation was asked to contact Delaware State Police Troop 2 Robbery Unit at 302.365.8566, or through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800.TIP.3333.