FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A store clerk is facing  attempted murder charges after he allegedly opened fire in front of a convenience store in unincorporated Fort Lauderdale during dispute on Thursday evening injuring three people.

Those three people are recovering from gunshot wounds.

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It all  happened at a food market located at Northwest 27th Avenue and 14th Street.

Deputies said the store clerk identified as Omar Ayyash was the one who pulled the trigger. They are still searching for him and want to question him.

Surveillance video released Friday afternoon shows the aftermath of the shooting.

September 26, 2014: A store clerk faces charges after firing a gun. (Source: Broward Sheriff's Office)

September 26, 2014: A store clerk faces charges after firing a gun. (Source: Broward Sheriff’s Office)

Drakaar Allen said he was grazed by a bullet and his brother Nudy Allen and their friend Kima Moncur took direct hits when Ayyash allegedly began shooting Thursday evening.

“I got hit,” said Allen.

“I don’t know why he did it,” said witness Kylfus Lowe.

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Deputies said Ayyash told his manager that he shot the store gun into the air in front of the store to break up a fight that began inside the store. He then took off saying he was on probation.

Moncur said he had gone in to use the restroom and the two brothers were behind her. After some sort of confrontation with the two clerks on duty the three teens were ordered outside

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While walking away it’s alleged that Ayyash came out firing

Customers said people often become confrontational with the clerks at that location and that the regulars know they keep a gun behind the counter.

“Everyone in the neighborhood is aware the clerks do carry guns. They do protect themselves and we all know that,” said customer Tamika Redman.

The clerk who allegedly shot the gun was new and only on the job for about a week. Lowe said the employee may not be used to the aggressive nature of some of the patrons.

Lowe said the shots sounded like they were in his backyard.

“I thought society was going crazy in a split second. I just heard a bunch of noise. I heard a bunch of shots,” said Lowe.

Some residents in this neighborhood said it’s a clear sign that they need more security in the area.


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