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Pony Express robbed at gunpoint; stepson fires shots into stepfather's home and later kills himself

COVINGTON -- Two female store clerks were victims of an armed robbery Sunday night when a lone gunman entered the Pony Express Food Mart on Ga. Highway 11 in Mansfield and demanded cash.

According to spokesman Capt. Keith Crum of the Newton County Sheriff's Office, a black male came into the store with a scarf wrapped around his head and displayed a pistol.

"He demanded money and went in back of the counter and put a gun to the clerk's head," Crum said. "She did not have the safe code and he became angry and fired off a shot."

The clerk was unhurt and though he was unable to get cash from the safe, he did get away with a small amount of cash, Crum said.

No vehicle was observed and the robber is believed to have left the area on foot.

He is described as about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and of medium build.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400; 678-625-5007; or go to their website at www.newtonsheriffga.org and leave information under the heading anonymous tips. If you desire someone to contact you regarding the information, leave a phone number or email address.

Also on Monday night around 10 p.m., the NCSO was called to Cliffe Court where the 21-year-old stepson of an estranged stepfather fired a pistol through the windows of the older man's home.

Crum said earlier in the evening the stepson's mother had requested an escort while she retrieved certain items from the house. Later on, her son came back to the house, demanding certain property. He became upset that his stepfather refused him entrance to the house, Crum said.

After firing multiple shots through the windows of the home, the stepson fled the scene.

As NCSO deputies began searching for the suspect, they learned he had killed himself.

"He later committed suicide in the metro Atlanta area," Crum said.