The wife of a gas station clerk who was shot during a robbery in Marengo has started a fundraiser to help support their family of five kids while the father recovers from his injuries.
Melissa Pemble, a Capron resident, started the GoFundMe, which has raised $7,400 as of Friday.
Pemble said that her husband Brian is recovering from his injuries following the shooting, which occurred at his second job as a gas station clerk at Circle K Shell gas station, 600 North State Street in Marengo.
The money raised in the fundraiser will go towards medical bills and lost income.
The Marengo Police Department and Marengo Fire and Rescue Districts responded around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday to the gas station for a report of a shooting and armed robbery.
Marengo Police Department Sgt. Andrew Kjellgren said officers found an adult victim, Brian Pemble, suffering from a gunshot wound.
Pemble was treated at the scene by paramedics and flown to Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford in stable condition, according to Marengo Fire Protection District Capt. Patrick Fanning.
The 35-year-old victim, an on-duty gas station clerk, was shot once in the leg during an armed robbery.
Kjellgren said two men entered the store armed with handguns and tried robbing the business.
Suspect 1 is described as a male Hispanic, 25-35 years old, approximately 5-foot-4 or 5-foot 5, with a tattoo or mark on the right cheek, wearing a black hoodie with the text “DUCKIN BAD VIBES” on the chest and armed with a handgun.
Suspect 2 is described as a male Hispanic, 25-35 years old, approximately 5-foot-8 to 6-foot-1, wearing a black jacket with a stripe on the shoulder and an unidentified white logo on the right chest, black jeans, tan boots and armed with a handgun.
The suspects fled the scene after shooting Pemble and police are asking the public for information on the crime.
Those who have information are asked to call the Marengo Police Department at 815-568-7231 or the McHenry County Crime Stoppers at 800-762-7867.