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LUMBERTON —A store clerk says gunfire inside a Lumberton convenience store that left one person injured is no big deal.

“My customers, they see shots every day,” said Neif Ashaif, a cashier who was working at Shop & Save, which is on East Second Street, when the shooting occurred on Sunday. “Every week they have someone shot in the streets.”

Lumberton police say 22-year-old Ryan Smith was injured in the shooting. Ashaif said Smith returned fire but police have not confirmed that.

According to police Lt. Harold Jackson, Smith was not robbed before being shot inside the store at about 8:45 p.m. Jackson said for that reason, police believe Smith may have known the shooter, who has yet to be identified.

According to Jackson, surveillance video shows a black male about 5 feet 8 inches tall enter the store and fire “several” shots. Jackson declined to say where Smith was struck, but said his injuries do not seem life-threatening.

Ashaif also said the men appeared to know each other.

“I think they followed him. He parked the car behind the building and he was waiting for him at the corner,”Ashaif said.

Ashaif said the shooter opened the door of the store and started firing.

“If I see him again I will know him. I know who he is,” Ashaif said.

Ashaif said he believes Smith and the other gunman fired their weapons about 18 times.

A customer was at the register and several were outside, but no one else was injured. Smith, whose address was not available, remains at an undisclosed hospital, Jackson said.

About $2,300 in damage was done to the interior of the store, windows and refrigeration equipment, but Ashaif said the mess was cleaned up quickly and business continued as usual.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lumberton police Detective Blake Harrell at 910-671-3845.

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