Robber who shot woman still at large

2013-01-25T12:57:00Z Robber who shot woman still at largeBy John Grant Emeigh of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

The gunman who shot and wounded a woman during a robbery at a Butte taxi business remains on the loose Friday.

Butte police are looking for a man who shot an employee at Butte City Taxi about 7:20 p.m. Thursday while trying to rob the business. The 23-year-old victim was in stable condition at St. James HealthCare Friday, recovering from three gunshot wounds, according to Butte Sheriff Ed Lester.

Police say a man entered the front door of the business at 227 E. Front St. with a revolver and demanded money. The employee fled into an adjoining room and out a door on the east side of the business. As she was running west on Front Street, the gunman fired at her several times and she was shot three times.

The sheriff didn’t reveal where the victim was shot.

Police haven’t determined how or in what direction the shooter left the area, Lester said.

Investigators are asking the public to contact police if they saw anything or anyone suspicious in that area either before or after the robbery. Lester said the suspect may have been casing out the business in the hours before the robbery, so any witnesses who saw something odd during that time should call police.

“It might not have seemed important (to the witness) at the time, but it could be very important information to police,” the sheriff said.

Investigators say the suspect appears to be an adult male who is very short, about 5 foot 4 inches tall or even shorter. He has a medium build and was wearing a camouflage, zip-up sweater and some type of hunter-orange material covering his face. The robber was wearing a green hardhat or mining-style helmet during the crime. He also had on dark or black shoes and blue jeans.

People with information are asked to call Capt. Jerome McCarthy at 497-1124 or Crimestoppers at 782-7336.

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