A thief pistol-whipped a motel clerk and fired off the weapon Monday as he and an accomplice robbed the victim at her North County workplace.
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The armed man and his female cohort entered the lobby of the Motel 6 in the 6100 block of Paseo del Norte in Carlsbad about 10 a.m., according to police.
After demanding a free room, the male bandit displayed the handgun, demanded cash, hit the employee on the head with the pistol and fired off a shot, Lt. Greg Koran said.
The thieves then stole the victim’s car keys and fled in her white 2017 Toyota Corolla, California license No. 7VPV398.
Medics took the victim to a hospital for treatment of trauma of undisclosed severity.
It was unclear if the gunfire caused any injuries.
The robbers remained at large in the late afternoon.
— City News Service
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