Police are looking for a suspect in connection with an armed robbery at the Dollar General store, 1811 W. Sixth Street, Sunday evening.
Lawrence police Capt. Ray Urbanek said a man - described as white, with a medium build and wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt - entered the store and demanded money from a store clerk. Urbanek said the man fired a handgun into the air; he was given an unknown quantity of cash from the store's cash register.
The suspect was last seen heading south from the store sometime around 6:30 Sunday evening. About 10 Lawrence police officers were on the scene and removed items from the store in brown paper bags.
Urbanek said two employees and 10 to 15 customers, including children, were in the store at the time the shot was fired. Police were still trying to locate the bullet, which Urbanek said was lodged in the ceiling, Sunday night.
"There's a drop ceiling and another fake ceiling before you get to the tin roof," Urbanek said.
The store was closed Sunday evening, but is expected to be open today. Police will return to the store to attempt to find the bullet.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the CrimeStoppers hot line at 843-TIPS.