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December 09, 2015

WATCH: Suspect allegedly shot at, assaulted employee at West Philly laundromat

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Saleem robbery Philadelphia Police /for PhillyVoice

Philadelphia police are seeking the public's help identifying this man, who they say may be named "Saleem." Law enforcement officials say he assaulted and fired a shot at an employee of a laundromat on Dec. 2.

Philadelphia police are seeking the public's help identifying a man accused of assaulting - and shooting at - an employee of a West Philadelphia laundromat. 

According to police, the incident occurred on Dec. 2 at about 6:30 a.m. Police said a 47-year-old male employee at King Philly Laundry, located at 5800 Market St., was working when a black male entered and displayed a handgun while demanding money. 

Watch the surveillance video here: 

Authorities said that the suspect - whom the victim told police he knows as “Saleem” - began to struggle with the employee. Police said the suspect fired one shot, which missed the employee and a witness, and then assaulted the employee by striking him several times in the head with a gun.

The suspect, whom police described as a black man in his mid-50s with a dark complexion, heavy-set build, gray beard and bald head, was wearing a black puffy jacket and blue jeans at the time of the incident.

Police said the suspect fled and was last seen heading north on 58th Street.

The employee sustained an injury over his left eye, authorities said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Philadelphia police at (215) 686-8477 or text a tip to 773847. 

Also, tips can be sent anonymously to police here.