Updated: 8:40 p.m.
CEDAR CITY – Authorities are investigating what is believed to have been an armed robbery attempt in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Cedar City Thursday evening.
“It just happened up here in the parking lot between two people who don’t know each other,” Cedar City Police Sgt. Jimmy Roden said.
At approximately 6:20 p.m., responders received reports that shots had been fired and an attempted robbery had taken place at Wal-Mart. Units from the Cedar City Police Department and Utah Highway Patrol responded to the scene.
A man and woman told police they were parked in their vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot when a black man entered entered the back seat of their vehicle, displayed a gun and demanded money, a press release from the Cedar City Police Department said.
“The victim quickly exited the vehicle and began calling for help,” the press release said. “The suspect exited the (alleged) victim’s vehicle and joined at least one other black male in fleeing. The two suspects fled the area in a silver or gray, smaller passenger car.”
The alleged victims got back into their vehicle, according to the press release, and, moments later, the suspects returned.
“As the vehicles passed one another in the parking lot, at least one shot was fired from the suspect vehicle,” the press release said.
A bullet struck the man and woman’s vehicle, but they were not injured.
The suspects fled the scene.
The northeast corner of the Wal-Mart parking lot was blocked off for about an hour as responders investigated the incident. That portion of the parking lot was reopened at about 7:40 p.m.
As this report is published, the incident is still under investigation as officers interview witnesses and collect evidence.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Cedar City Police Department at 435-586-2956.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
This is a developing story. Refresh for updates as they are received.
St. George News Assistant Editor Cami Cox Jim contributed to this report.
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