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Community rallies around clerk shot during robbery; crime was caught on camera

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Posted at 9:24 PM, Mar 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-19 09:38:12-04

MURRAY, Utah -- The community of Murray is rallying behind a local store clerk who was attacked on the job Wednesday.

Dave Marsh, 62, was beaten and shot just after he began his shift at the Lee Mart, near 5900 South 700 West.

"This is just tough because you've just got, well, a person coming to work, and it's horrible that he's been put through this," said Officer Kenny Bass of the Murray Police Department.

Around 5:30 a.m., surveillance video shows two suspects running into the store. Both were dressed in dark clothing and wore bandannas over their faces. According to police, they bludgeoned Marsh and then forced him to hand over all the money in the shop's register. After doing so, the two men can be seen running out of the store. But just before one of them leaves, Marsh throws the till in his or her direction. In return, the suspect shoots Marsh in the side.

"He's just one of the friends, you know. It's tough to hear that," said Ted Maestas, a regular customer.

Hours after the shooting, Maestas and dozens of others filtered in and out of the store to show support. Laying on the counter Marsh has stood behind for decades was a letter filled with messages and signatures.

"Our prayers are with you, hope everything goes well," wrote Dana Johnson, who has been visiting the store for years.

Marsh has been working at the business long before its current owners took over in 2004. It's the reason why so many said they continue returning, even if it's a stop out of the way.

"My kids come here, I come here, he knows the customers that come in. He knows them by name," local resident Kim Watson said.

While the store has been burglarized in the past, owner Sanh Ly said they've never had experienced anything like this.

"This is the worst. He's very, very nice with everybody," Ly said. "Even if he doesn't know people, he still treats them good."

As of Wednesday evening, Marsh was listed in critical condition at a local hospital.

Anyone with information about the suspects involved in the shooting is asked to contact the Murray Police Department at 801-840-4000.

"I wrote, 'Get well, buddy.' I hope to see him soon," Maestas said.