Police: Robber shoots 4 at Parramore grocery store

Police: Robber shoots 4 at Parramore grocery store

ORLANDO, Fla. — Four people were shot Saturday night as a Parramore grocery store was robbed, the Orlando Police Department said.

Roy Stephens, 34, shot four people shortly before 9 p.m. as he robbed Tip Top Groceries on South Parramore Avenue and West Anderson Street, said Orlando police Sgt. Wanda Ford.

“Witnesses were able to provide a description of the suspect's vehicle,” Ford said. “And the suspect was located and placed under arrest in the area of Long Street and South Lee Avenue.”

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One person was critically wounded, and the three others are in stable condition.

None of the victims were publicly identified.

“One of our K-9 dogs was injured during the apprehension, but he is doing OK,” Ford said. “Great teamwork by the all the officers to get this bad guy off the street.”

A 13-year-old girl said she watched Stephens walk into the store.

“He came in the store quietly,” she said. “Then he went behind the counter, and he had the gun in his hand.”

The girl said she then saw Stephens fire the gun.

“I was just nervous. I was panicking. I didn't know what to do,” she said "I [froze] at first, but then I ran out [of] the store so he wouldn't see me."

Stephens was brought to Florida Hospital South for possible drug intoxication and for observation, Ford said.

He was booked into the Orange County Jail, where he was charged with robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four counts of attempted murder.