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Robbery Suspect Sought In Hammer Attack

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Chelsea Police are investigating a shocking attack at a Rogers County pharmacy. Two people, a pharmacist and an employee were injured Monday night after being attacked by a man who demanded drugs. The victims were beaten with a hammer; the encouraging news is they survived. News On 6 anchor Craig Day reports many people living in Chelsea are shocked.

Police say it was just before closing time when a man with a gun came into the Chelsea Family Pharmacy and demanded pain pills, including hydrocodone, which is very addictive. A pharmacist and an employee inside complied with the demands, but were forced to lie on the floor.

“They did everything he said. He could have taken the drugs and went out, but he took it one step further,” said Chelsea Police Chief Kenny Kelsey.

Chelsea Police Chief Kenny Kelsey says that's when the man hit the victim with a hammer.

The pharmacist, Chad Jones, is okay, alert and talking. The 19-year-old employee has more serious injuries, possibly a skull fracture, but is also alert and will survive.

Carla Bynum is one of the pharmacists who works at the pharmacy.

“Well it scared me at first, and I pray for them that they'll be alright,” she said.

Like Bynum, people living in the community are shocked.

“Small town community here in Chelsea and we don't have a lot of crime,” said Chelsea Mayor Norman Wooten. “This is kinda surprising to everyone in the community that something like this could happen here.”

“It puts a scare in everyone around here, I mean you never know where they're gonna be. They could hurt anybody,” said Mendy Haner, Chelsea native.

Police say the man had been told to leave the pharmacy about a month ago, and was told not to come back.

“This is kinda shocking, I mean he just got out of jail two weeks ago, and he has a history with this medication. He knew what he wanted, and that's what he went after,” Kelsey said.

Chelsea Police are looking for 31-year-old Steven Pierce of Claremore. Police say he has previous arrests for embezzlement. It’s believed he left the pharmacy in a silver late 90's model Honda Civic, or possibly a white Dodge Neon. Anyone who sees Pierce, or has information that could help in the investigation is asked to call the Chelsea Police Department at 918-789-2123, or the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office at 918-342-9700

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