A suspect who ran off after he was shot during a store robbery Saturday night in Knightdale was found minutes later at a home where he falsely claimed he was the victim of a drive-by shooting, police said.

The incident all began around 10:40 p.m. at the N&A Food Mart at 107 South First Avenue, according to police.

Police say Tevin Cameron Horton, 20, of Wendell, entered the store armed with a revolver and pointed the gun at the clerk while demanding money.

The two briefly struggled and the clerk tried to run to another area of the store but was followed by Horton. 

Police say that is when the clerk pulled out his own gun and fired shots at Horton. Horton then fled the scene, Knightdale police said.

Authorities brought tracking dogs to the store area and searched for Horton.

Meanwhile, officers at the convenience store soon learned of a gunshot victim about two miles away on Delta River Way.


Officers arrived there and found Horton with a gunshot wound to the lower back and buttock area. 

Horton told officers he had been shot in a drive-by shooting but surveillance video and other evidence placed him at the scene of the robbery, according to police.

The clerk was not injured.

Horton was transported to the hospital for treatment then taken into custody at the Wake County Detention Center.

Horton has been charged with armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.