MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The victim who was accidentally shot during the Citgo robbery Wednesday night is now out of the hospital recovering from the shooting.
News 5’s Hayley Minogue spoke to 15-year-old Savannah Burke Thursday when she shared what she experienced during the robbery.
“All I was hearing was bang bang going off like I was hearing gunshots,” Burke told News 5.
Burke said she went to the gas station for something to drink and when she got to the door, she saw the robbery taking place inside. “And that’s when we started running back and that’s when I got hit.”
While the horrific events were playing out, Burke said she lost her cell phone and something more important to her, money. Money that would buy a ticket to her high school’s homecoming dance.
“Yeah it was for homecoming, we’d actually just got it that day and I was walking up here with it cause I had the money in a billfold and I walked up and when I was running I guess I lost it.”
Now Burke’s sister is asking the community to donate to a gofundme page, not only for medical costs but to help cover the cost of a new ticket.
If you’d like to donate to Savannah Burke’s medical expense and homecoming fund click here: https://www.gofundme.com/savannah-burke
The Mobile Police Department has released details of the robbery and shooting that took place at the Citgo gas station on Riverside Drive Wednesday night.
Police say that at 7:47 p.m. a male suspect entered the Riverside Food Mart at the Citgo gas station armed with a handgun. The suspect held the clerk at gunpoint and demanded cash from the register.
The victim complied and gave the suspect approximately $300 in cash. A second clerk at the store grabbed a handgun from under the counter and fired a single shot at the suspect.
Police say the bullet missed the suspect and struck a 15-year-old girl who was standing outside the store on the sidewalk.
According to new details from police, an unknown male who was driving away from the scene also fired a shot at the fleeing suspect and missed. The bullet struck the residence across the street from the gas station on the 1700 block of Riverside Drive. That bullet entered through the front door of the home and struck the television inside.
Officers were able to location 26-year-old Joseph Soutullo hiding in the woods across from the gas station. Soutullo was arrested and charged with robbery first degree.
News 5’s Hayley Minogue spoke with the 15-year-old victim, Savannah Burke of B.C. Rain High School. You can watch the interview on News 5 at 5 and 6 p.m.