STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Statesville police are searching for two men accused of shooting a man after an armed robbery Monday night.

Police said two men robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy off of East Broad Street around 10 p.m. Monday night.

The suspects demanded money, and the employees gave the men the cash. The suspects then forced an employee into the office area and demanded the safe be opened before taking off on foot, according to police.

Police said immediately after the robbery Alberto Paz, who was on Lindsey Street near where the Rite Aid was robbed, noticed a vehicle parked outside of his home. When Paz went outside to check on the vehicle, two men came running from the area of Rite Aid toward the car.

Upon getting to the car, one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and shot Paz in the leg, according to police.

The two suspects were last seen fleeing south on Lindsey Street in a beige color passenger car.

Police said Paz was taken to a local hospital and later transported to Winston-Salem for further treatment. He is expected to survive.

Altehua was at Paz s house and looked out his window and saw the car. It was parked just a few feet from Paz s driveway. She said she told Paz and he walked out to see if the car had broken down and the driver needed help. That s when the two men opened fire on Paz.

They get up to the car and shoot him, said Lucia Altehua from Paz's home Tuesday. I (was) really scared. I wanted to get out, open the door--but the car was still there. I don t want them shooting me, too.

The first suspect was described as a black male about 5-foot-8, wearing a red and white striped hooded sweatshirt, black denim pants, grey ball cap and grey and white sneakers.

The second suspect was a black male with a light complexion, about 6-foot, wearing a long sleeve black shirt with a white shirt under it, black pants, black ball cap and black shoes.

This is our number one priority right now. said Statesville Police Chief Tom Anderson. This is a safe peaceful neighborhood the first time we ve had something happen like this. And we want to get the two guys off the streets.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406 or Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.

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