It’s tough to improve on that headline, isn’t it?

Convicted felon Jarrell Blackmon pulled a fake gun in his attempt to rob a Pensacola, Florida convenience store. It was real enough that the clerk thought it was a credible threat, and fired a shot through Blackmon’s neck.

The morning didn’t go too well for a man who decided to use a fake gun to rob a store and was shot in the neck by a store clerk before he fled the business.

The incident occurred around 2:25 a.m. at the Beacon Store, 1101 W. Cervantes Street.  A store clerk told police he shot the suspect during the robbery. The clerk – Abed Alslaq, 20, of Pensacola – said the suspect entered the store wearing camouflage, a hat and a bandana over his face. The clerk said he told the suspect to remove the bandana but he refused. During the robbery, the suspect went behind the counter, pulled out a pistol and pointed it at the clerk, who believed it was real.

The armed robber managed to get some cash and 10 cartons of cigarettes before he fled the business. The suspect – Jarell Blackmon, 24, of the 7900 block of Beaber Road, Pensacola – was later seen in the area of E and Gadsden streets by Officer Matthew Mercado. Blackmon, who was bleeding from his neck, fled from Mercado despite being ordered to stop.

Officers set up a perimeter and Officer Patrick Kelly and his K-9 did a track. Blackmon was found hiding in the 600 block of North E Street. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound that entered and exited his neck.

Blackmon faces a number of felony charges in relation to the crime, and was stupid enough to tell the police that the gun he used in the crime “wasn’t real,” which is both utterly irrelevant from a legal perspective and a confession to armed robbery.

He’s clearly not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, and we hope that the prosecutor puts him in prison for as long as florida laws allow.

Alslaq has not been charged for shooting Blackmon, and it is doubtful that he will face charges.