A robber who held a Walmart employee at gunpoint, forcing her to open a safe before firing his weapon and fleeing on foot has not been found after a preliminary search in the nearby woods, Montgomery County investigators said.

Multiple agencies responded to calls reporting gunfire just after 2:41 a.m. at the Walmart in the 3000 block of College Park Drive, where investigators learned that a man entered the store wearing a dark-colored green hoodie and green shorts, according to news release from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

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The man, who is described as being between 5 feet, 7 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall, is said to have approached an employee, pointed a gun at her and then forced her into an area of the store with a safe, investigators said. The man demanded money from the employee, and as she handed him the money, she "activated her two-way radio alerting other employees."

Other Walmart employees went to check on their co-worker, which is when the suspect fled, firing a single shot into the ceiling before he left on foot, investigators said. He did not make off with any money, investigators said.

Law enforcement, including a K-9 unit, searched the surrounding area but the suspect was not found.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying the suspect. If you have any information, please contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-STOP (7867) and refer to case#19A335178

This story will be updated.

Michelle Iracheta is a digital reporter in Houston. Read her on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com. | michelle.iracheta@chron.com

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