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Witness who hit gunman with his car in an effort to stop robbery speaks out

Amarillo police are searching for the gunman involved in a robbery in northeast Amarillo. The incident happened in the 5600 block of Amarillo Boulevard in the Eastridge shopping center around 3 p.m. on Sunday (Photo by Kendra Hall ABC 7).{ }

Amarillo police are searching for the gunman involved in a robbery in northeast Amarillo. The incident happened in the 5600 block of Amarillo Boulevard in the Eastridge shopping center around 3 p.m. on Sunday.

ABC 7 news spoke with a witness who hit the gunman with his car in an effort to stop the robbery.

A 51-year-old man was walking from a nearby business to his car when he was robbed at gunpoint. A witness drove his car into the suspect to stop the robbery and ended up with a bullet in his car. He says he did not think twice because he wanted to help.

"I saw a gun in the mexican guy's hand, so I looked at the other guy and kind of signaled 'hey is he gonna rob you?' and he looked at me kind of like 'yeah help me!'" said Alex Harris, witness.

So Harris then put his car in drive and went toward the gunman.

"I hit the guy with the gun," said Harris. "He landed on top of my hood and unfortunately he cracked my windshield. I don't know if it was his head shoulder or what part, but some body part cracked my windshield. In an attempt to either shoot me or maybe it was an accident, he shot at me and hit my door and came maybe 5 or 6 inches from actually hitting me."

He says he is thankful to be alive and would react the same way again. The Amarillo Police Department says it can sometimes be dangerous to interfere.

"It's always going to be something where you have to go with your feeling and your gut if you think that somebody is in enough danger that you need to get involved or if you need to stay back and be a good witness and call the police," said Officer Jeb Hilton with APD.

APD says he may have saved the victim's life. Officer Hilton says it is important to be aware.

"It could happen at any day at any time and we just want people to be aware and know what your surroundings are, especially when you're walking out of businesses or into businesses look around and know who's around you. If you see somebody approaching you, try to create some more distance and get to a safe spot."

The suspect did run off after Harris hit him with his car and he is still on the loose. But no one was injured in the incident.

"I would definitely do it again. Hopefully I never have to. This is a very dangerous individual obviously so hopefully the police find him."

APD is asking anyone with information to call. The gunman is a Hispanic male in his 20's. Callers can remain anonymous.


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