Selma store clerk charged after man shot in the neck

Selma store clerk charged after man shot in the neck

A Selma store-keeper is in custody charged with attempted murder, and a 25-year-old man is in critical condition after an incident at a convenience store late Sunday night.

A police officer patrolling the 1300 block of Alabama Avenue around 10:30 p.m. noticed a man crawling across the parking lot of a business and immediately went to investigate. The officer found the man, whose name has not been released, suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. The victim told the officer he'd been shot by a nearby store clerk.

The man was transported by air to a Montgomery hospital where his condition is listed as critical.

Investigators went to the convenience store a block away where they interviewed the clerk, 29-year-old Obad Ali Al Amri. The shopkeeper told Selma police the man who had been shot came into the store wanting to buy alcohol after 9 p.m.

According to Al Amri, the man became disorderly after being denied the purchase and started knocking thing off the counter. The clerk told officers the man then pulled a knife and told him to come outside. When Al Amri went outside, he was carrying a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol which he fired several times. One of the bullets struck the man.

Investigators have not been able to recover any knife.

The clerk was taken into custody and charged with probable cause for attempted murder. He was booked and transported to the Dallas County Jail where he's being held without bond.

If convicted of the felony, Al Amri  could face 10 years to life in prison and fines up to $60,000.

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