A $100,000 cash only bond was set Thursday for a man who allegedly tried to shoot a store owner after attempting to steal beer from the business Wednesday night.

A $100,000 cash only bond was set Thursday for a man who allegedly tried to shoot a store owner after attempting to steal beer from the business Wednesday night.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Christopher Clark, 39, with criminal attempt first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, theft of property, second-degree, and being a felon in possession of a firearm because of prior convictions.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Clark was arrested Wednesday night after police were sent to the Speedway at 100 N. Walnut St. at about 7:30 p.m. in response to a hold up alarm.

Detective Michael Roberts reported that when officers arrived, they found Clark and Raed Qatoum, 27, the owner of the store, fighting.

Kizer said Qatoum told police Clark first came into the business at about 6 p.m., was caught trying to steal beer and chased out of the store.

At about 7:30 p.m., Clark came back to the store, reportedly pointed a gun at Qatoum while other customers fled into a bathroom or ran out the door, Roberts said in his affidavit.

Clark reportedly pulled the trigger of the handgun several times but the gun did not fire, police said.

Then, Qatoum fought with Clark, who allegedly tried to steal a 30-pack of beer. During the fight, the gun was reportedly knocked to the floor, and slid under a display rack where it was found by police.

Qatoum was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center because of a heart condition, Kizer said.

Kizer said officers checked the weapon and found that it contained two live rounds, and indications that the strike plate had hit the rounds five times but did not cause the gun to fire.

Clark reportedly waived his right to an attorney and told detectives that he became upset when the store clerk called him a derogatory name and he left the business, went and got a gun to “scare the clerk,” and claimed he did not know the gun was loaded.

Kizer said Clark had prior convictions in both Arkansas and Texas, as well as several failures to appear in district court.

In addition to setting the bond, Bridgforth ordered Clark to have no contact with Qatoum until the case is settled, and to come back to court Feb. 16.

Clark told the judge he would hire his own attorney.