The Pine Bluff police were investigating the shooting of a clerk at the A & Y Shell convenience store at 3110 S. Camden Road, about 9 p.m. Thursday.

The Pine Bluff police were investigating the shooting of a clerk at the A & Y Shell convenience store at 3110 S. Camden Road, about 9 p.m. Thursday.

The victim’s injuries are life threatening, according to Capt. Greg Shapiro, police spokesman.

A black male suspect entered the store, attempted to make a purchase then produced

a firearm and shot the clerk, Shapiro said.

The suspect ran behind the counter and attempted to enter the cash register but failed. He then fled the store running east, Shapiro said.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect should call the Pine Bluff Police Detective

Division at (870) 730-2090. All calls will be kept confidential. A cash reward of $1,000 is available for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through the website at www.pbpd.org or through the Facebook page. To text your anonymous tip to Detectives, text to 274637 then put “PBPD” with your message.

Although police didn’t release name of the victim, early reports indicated a male clerk was shot and taken to the hospital.

Meanwhile, this was the second convenience store clerk to be shot in less than a month at Pine Bluff.

At 9:25 p.m. Sept. 25, Mohammad Islam, 26, an employee at the Big Red Food Mart, 2401 E. Sixth Ave., was shot and killed. He was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body after police found him following a call about a possible shooting.

A proposed ordinance was recently introduced at the Pine Bluff City Council calling for a requirement that “certain commercial establishments install and maintain (interior) surveillance cameras” to provide for “protection of the public and employees.”

The proposal followed the shooting death of Islam. Security cameras inside the business were not in working order and no arrests have been made in the case.