Cops: Man tried to rob Petco, tripped and fell

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WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. —

West Melbourne police are looking for a gunman who opened fire on employees at a local pet store.

The shooting sent employees at the Petco on Palm Bay Road scrambling in Brevard County.

Police said the suspect approached the manager about a job, then pulled out a gun during an attempted robbery Saturday evening.

The guman instructed the Petco manager to take him to the money, but as he took a step back he tripped and fell, allowing the employees inside a chance to escape out the front door.

Just released video from the West Melbourne police department shows a young man in a red-and-black top and tan shorts walk into the Petco just before 7 p.m. Saturday.

The suspect opened fire as Petco employees took off running, police said. Surveillance video shows one of the gunman's bullets bouncing off the back of a computer monitor.

"They escaped any injury, but it was close," said Lt. Richard Cordeau with West Melbourne Police.

Roughly a dozen customers also managed to escape injury as the gunman left the store.

Monday, shoppers in the area told Channel 9 a pet store is about the last place they would expect an
armed hold-up.

"It makes you wonder, you feel like that's something that should be safe," shopper Hannah Krout said.

Police are wondering too, after a different gunman held up a Titusville Petco about an hour after the incident.

The suspect descriptions were not the same, but both men were wearing similar outfits -- red tops and tan bottoms.

The detective in the case does believe the the two suspects in the Petco robberies may have worked together. Anyone with information should contact the West Melbourne PD.