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Worker at Johnston County auto sales lot was shot during robbery, deputies say

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An employee at an auto sales lot in Johnston County near Garner was shot during a robbery Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Police are searching for two men and a woman who left the business in a Ford Fusion.

Deputies with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a shooting at E-Zee Auto Sales at 12433 Cleveland Road just after 3:41 p.m. Friday.

The employee, who has not been identified, was inside a small trailer that serves as the auto lot’s office when two masked men and a woman tried to rob him, according to Caldwell, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

“I’m not sure if he was shot more than once,” Caldwell said late Friday afternoon.

The victim ran to Lane & Associates Family Dentistry, a short distance from the auto lot.

“The employees at the dentist’s office rendered aid and called 911,” Caldwell said.

The victim’s medical condition is unknown, but Caldwell said he was able to speak with deputies after the shooting. He was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh.

Caldwell said the suspects were last seen in a cream-colored Ford Fusion that had 30-day tags.

Investigators have not yet determined if any cash was taken.

“I’m not sure if it was a successful robbery,” Caldwell said. “It was a successful shooting. Only one gun was seen. That doesn’t mean both men were armed.”

Authorities have not released a physical description of the suspects.

Investigators are asking anyone who may know the whereabouts of the suspects to call the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5000.

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