A convenience store clerk in Cartersville (GA) retreated to the back of the store when he saw a pair of armed robbers enter the store. He retreated into a back area of the store with five customers and tried to shut the door, only to come eye-to-eye with one the the armed thugs.
It then became a contest of who was going to be faster and more accurate.
The clerk, James, said there were 5 people in the back of the store playing video games before the shooting happened. He said he saw two men walk in wearing masks and they were armed. According to James, he jumped in the back room and tried to shut the door, but one of the men was trying to push it open from the other side.
“We were about a foot apart looking one another in the eyes. I knew he was fixing to start shooting, or I thought he was, so I reached around the door and shot him,” James told FOX 5.
James said he fired three shots and the intruders fired four.
Police said one of the masked men was hit. When investigators arrived, the man was found dead just outside the front door of the store.
Police said the other man took off with the cash register and a getaway driver in a dark colored SUV with temporary tags. Police are still looking for them.
Customers and other employees said they’re relieved James wasn’t hurt.
“We’re just thankful he’s okay and we just don’t tolerate people coming in and trying to take things from us,” said Clara Mullinax, a clerk at the store.
I feel a great deal of sympathy for James. He was forced into a position where he had to open fire and kill the robber to protect not only his life, but the lives of five customers. He did what he had to do to save lives, and unfortunately, his decision to fire shots into the armed robber to save six lives resulted in the robber’s death.
The robber’s two accomplices are still on the loose.
Being cowards, they left their friend to die.