Shots Fired; Pottstown Police Arrest Robbery Suspect

Numbered markers in the parking lot of the Turkey Hill convenience store on North Charlotte Street in Pottstown indicate where police found evidence Saturday

POTTSTOWN PA — An alleged armed robber was shot by Pottstown police early Saturday morning (Oct. 22, 2011) outside a convenience store on North Charlotte Street in the borough. He fled the area and broke into a nearby church, where he hid for several hours before being discovered and arrested, The (Pottstown PA) Mercury newspaper reported Sunday (Oct. 23).

The Mercury in its Sunday edition said Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin R. Steele confirmed the man taken into custody by police was Pottstown resident David Lamar Hill, 25. Steele confirmed Pottstown police were conducting surveillance in the area of the Turkey Hill store in the 700 block of North Charlotte near Wilson Street, in response to several recent robberies, when they shot Hill.

Bright yellow crime scene tape cordons off the patking lot to exclude passers-by

Hill was reported to have entered the Turkey Hill at around 1:20 a.m. Saturday, wearing a white shirt over his head, and approached the store clerk with a handgun drawn.

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The intersection at North Charlotte and Wilson streets was closed during the police investigation

Photos for The Post by Tammy Longacre