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Southaven store clerk mowed down by suspects' car

One of the suspects was wearing a yellow shirt. (Source: Southaven Police Department) One of the suspects was wearing a yellow shirt. (Source: Southaven Police Department)

(WMC-TV) - Southaven police are searching for suspects in a theft and getaway that landed a store clerk in the hospital.

Shirley Raymer, a clerk at the Schnuck's grocery store in Southaven, was run over by a car during the incident.

Tuesday, friends like Ken Joines were shocked by the incident.

"She has been a friend and she worked here when Seessel's owned the store," Joines said. "That's when I first got to know her."

Raymer was hit just after 4:00 p.m. Monday in the store's parking lot. Police say the driver ran over her twice.

"I was here about an hour before it happened," Joines said. "I was in her line, but it was a little crowded, so I got into another line, and about an hour later they called me and said this incident had happened."

Surveillance video shows a woman wearing a yellow shirt, along with two other women, attempting to buy cigarettes and toilet paper.  On the video, the woman in yellow walks out of the store with merchandise while her friends pay for the purchase. But they tell the clerk their debit card does not work.

Moments later, Raymer and a manager went to the woman's car to ask for the merchandise back, a heated discussion took place. Investigators say the driver of the car attempted to leave backing up her vehicle, striking Raymer.

Then, she ran over Raymer again before driving away.

"I went with Mark, the store manager, down to The MED, and we prayed with her and reassured her," Joines said.

While investigators try to figure out whether the hit-and-run was part of a shoplifting incident or an accident, Joines says he's still trying to understand who could have done this, and why.

"God didn't cause this," he said. The Devil caused this."

Police say the suspect was driving a 2004 or 2005, silver or dirty white Chevrolet Impala. Witnesses got a partial Shelby County tag number of 783.

If you spot the car or know the women involved, you are asked to call Southaven Police.

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