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Gun jams during Haverhill robbery

After the gun malfunctioned, witnesses told police, the suspect (pictured) ran from the store and was seen running north on Dudley Street.

Haverhill police

After the gun malfunctioned, witnesses told police, the suspect (pictured) ran from the store and was seen running north on Dudley Street.

A man tried to shoot a Haverhill store clerk during an attempted robbery Thursday morning but his gun jammed, police said Friday.

Witnesses told detectives that the suspect pulled the trigger twice while he pointed the gun at a female clerk at the Tedeschi Food Mart in Dudley Plaza just after 6 a.m.

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“The clerk had trouble opening the register,” said Haverhill Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson. “He cocked the gun, and he tried to fire it.”

After the gun malfunctioned, witnesses told police, the man ran from the store and was seen running north on Dudley Street.

Police described the suspect as a white man between the ages of 20 and 25 with black, curly hair. He was wearing a white mask, blue hoodie, and gray jeans.

Thompson said that robberies in which a person actually shoots a gun are unusual in Haverhill.

“We have armed robberies in Haverhill, but it’s rare that somebody will attempt to fire the gun,” Thompson said. “It shows that the person had been very desperate.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Haverhill police at 978-373-1212.

Oliver Ortega can be reached at oliver.ortega@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByOliverOrtega.
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