TEWKSBURY, MASS. (WHDH) - Authorities in Tewksbury are asking for the public’s help as they continue to look for an armed suspect who robbed a convenience store over the weekend.

The Tewksbury Police Department said it has been investigating an armed robbery that happened Sunday night on Woburn Street. According to the department, it was just after 8:30 p.m. when officers were called to Andy’s Convenience Store for the incident.

Police said during the robbery, a suspect, believed to be a male in his mid-20s, entered the store with a large-capacity firearm and demanded cash and other items from an employee.

After the robbery, the suspect then ran across Woburn Street and into a wooded area.

Reviewing surveillance footage, police described the suspect as wearing a black sweatshirt with white stripes/strings, black pants, a navy blue backpack and white and black Nike sneakers with “an orange or red swoosh.”

The suspect was also believed to have shown a Tec9-style firearm with an extended magazine during the robbery.

Anyone with information on the suspect or incident is asked to call the police department at 978-851-7373 or to email tewks_detectives@tewksbury-ma.gov.

While the police investigation continued, community members shared their reactions Monday. 

“It’s just horrible,” said Sue Cipollo, a regular customer at Andy’s Convenience Store. “8:30 at night. What if someone came in? You just don’t expect it here.” 

Cipollo said the store is “a very busy location,” adding “They have a lot of regulars.”

“The guy was a good guy that was working, he’s always good, so I just feel bad,” Cipollo said. “I hope he’s OK.”

“I just hope they catch whoever did it or something,” said area resident James Belmore. “Hopefully they are not too shaken up. They are very nice people. No one deserves that.”

7NEWS learned the clerk who was working at the time of this incident is OK and is taking a few days off work.

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