Search for man following Springvale South shooting

Detectives from the Armed Crime Squad have released images of a man they are searching for following an attempted armed robbery and shooting in Springvale South earlier this week, Victoria Police say.

The armed man entered a convenience store on Springvale Road shortly before 4.30am on Wednesday, 8 August.

He followed a customer into the store and then approached the front counter and made demands for cash.

The male staff member attempted to lock himself in a store room behind the counter and the offender then discharged a firearm.

The store attendant, a 40-year-old, sustained a gunshot wound to his arm during the incident and was later conveyed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The male customer was uninjured.

The male offender tried to access the till but was unsuccessful and fled the scene on foot in a southerly direction.

Detectives from the Armed Crime have today released images of a man they wish to speak to in relation to the incident.

He is described as being of African appearance and about 180cm tall.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a beanie, black and white bandana, dark coloured top and dark coloured pants.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who recognises the man or has information about the incident.

They are also keen to talk to anyone who saw any people or vehicles behaving in a suspicious manner in the Springvale area.

Police are also continuing to investigate whether the incident is connected to an earlier attempted armed robbery at a service station on Heatherton Road.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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