Masked man fires gun in 7-Eleven, leaves in taxicab

SAN DIEGO – Police chased an armed robber who fired a gun inside a 7-Eleven store in Point Loma Tuesday morning, police said.

A man with a cover over his face walked into the convenience store in the 3100 block of Sports Arena Boulevard at 8 a.m., pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money, San Diego police said. The clerk didn't move fast enough, so the robber fired his gun. The frightened employee then handed over some cash.

A witness called police and told them the gunman left in a taxicab, , according to Lt. Martha Sainz.

Police chased the taxi for a few blocks before it stopped at Nimitz Boulevard and North Harbor Drive. They took the passenger into the custody and found a gun. Detectives questioned the taxi driver, but said there was no indication that he was involved in the robbery.

The suspect was identified as 38-year-old Steven Raymond Stogsdill, Stogsdill was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of armed robbery and kidnapping. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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