A Florida grocery store clerk noticed a man wearing sunglasses around midnight over the Thanksgiving weekend and became suspicious that he might try and rob the store.
Police say that William Smith, 29, pulled a gun on the clerk and demanded money from the cash register.
There was just one problem.
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The clerk happened to have his concealed carry permit, grabbed his own gun, and shot at Smith. Police found Smith lying next to a small-caliber handgun with his car still running in the parking lot.
The family of William Smith told reporters that he was addicted to drugs, and that something like this was bound to happen.
“In all honesty, if he didn’t die this way, he would have ended up dying,” his sister Lisa Marie said. “He would have ended up killing himself on drugs.”
His mother Tamara Cartrette said their family has no hard feelings toward the clerk.
“We have no ill will against the person that felt they had to retaliate because he had the gun,” she said. “Our heart goes out to that family also.”