Patron Robs Austin Bar, Fires Shot Toward Customer

Created: 12/23/2013 3:36 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- No one was hurt when a gunshot was fired during an armed robbery at an Austin bar.

It happened at the Hiawatha Bar on Austin's east side.

Witnesses said a man had been sitting at the bar for about an hour Friday night when he got up and went behind the bar.  A bartender asked what he was doing, and the man said he was robbing the place.

Police say he pulled a handgun and fired a shot in the general direction of a customer.

The gunman ordered everyone in the bar to lay on the floor, then he and a female companion fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man was described as a light-skinned black man with possible acne scars, between 5'8" and 5'11", 160 to 175 pounds.

Witnesses estimated his age anywhere from the mid 20's to the mid 40's.

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