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CATONSVILLE, Md. (WJZ)—Two violent criminals on the run.  Now an intense search is underway for the men behind a gas station shooting in Catonsville.

Gigi Barnett explains it’s not the first time this station has been targeted.

Police have very few leads in this case, but they do have some equipment that can help track the suspects.

Just before daybreak Thursday morning, Baltimore County Police say two men tried to rob Carroll Fuel in Catonsville.  Detectives say they were armed and used their weapons against a gas station attendant.

Right now police have no names or description of the suspects. But newly installed surveillance cameras may hold the clues police need.

“If there were cameras or CCTV images that were captured, they would be part of the investigation. And we would use those images to identify the suspects in this case,” said Lt. Rob McCullough, Baltimore County Police spokesman.

Police say the robbers walked up to the attendant. They wanted cash. The clerk wouldn’t give it up. So the suspect shot him in the head and ran away.

“I come to this gas station at least twice a day every day, sometimes at 3:30, 4 o’clock in the morning,” said Corinne King, customer.

Customers are shocked. And they plan to stay alert while pumping gas.

“These types of incidents don’t generally happen in that area,” McCullough said. “The Baltimore County Police Department, at all times, we do our very best to patrol the neighborhood.”

Gas station customers and workers have seen this kind of violence before. Back in May 2008, police say a robbery suspect stabbed and killed a customer buying gas. His pregnant wife watched it all. Some customers still remember.

“They’ve switched gas stations owners and everything since then,” King said. “They have cameras up. I don’t know how well they work, but it makes me feel a little bit more secure.”

Baltimore County Police only describe the suspects as two young men. Meanwhile, the clerk who worked at the station is in serious condition, but Shock Trauma doctors say they believe he will survive.

Anyone with information should call 1-866-7-LOCKUP. You could be eligible for a cash reward for up to $2,000.

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