Armed Confrontation Inside Convenience Store Ends With Clerk Shot As He Fights Back

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AURORA, COLORADO — An armed convenience store clerk suffered a gunshot wound after he resisted a mid-morning armed robbery attempt.

Around 9:45 a.m. on November 2nd, an individual wearing gloves, a hoodie and a medical facemask entered the PJ Mart in the 900 block of South Peoria Street. After walking around the perimeter aisles of the store, he gets a soft drink from the cooler and walks up to the counter.

With no one else in the store, he immediately pulls a pistol from the pocket of his hoodie and points it at the clerk.  The clerk runs from behind the counter with his own gun, forcing the robber to drop the gun, sit in the floor and raise his hands. When the clerk attempts to kick the gun away from the suspect, he picks it up and fires at the clerk, wounding him before fleeing the store on foot.

Anytime a gun is pointed at you in a robbery or other crime, you have two choices…comply or resist. If you comply or resist, you may or may not be shot.  Compliance and resistance can often mean the difference between life and death.  The intended victim has no way of knowing if the assailant will be content with money and property and leave them unharmed, or if they are intent on taking what they want and shooting the victim regardless. 

No two situations are exactly the same, and it is a decision that the victim must make in a matter of seconds, based on many variables including the number of assailants, the physical circumstances, innocent bystanders, and others. 

Most important is the knowledge, skill and ability of the victim. Good defensive equipment, training and practice with that equipment, mental clarity, decisiveness and the proper mindset are all required to mount a defensive response to any perceived threat.

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About the Author

Edgar Lee is a contributor for Concealed Nation. After spending 20 years in the fire service, he is currently in his second career as a business and technology manager, and he and his wife are successful small business owners.

Outside of work his interests include camping, hiking, fishing, metal detecting, home improvement projects and motorcycling. He also enjoys reading biographies and auto biographies, military history, and writing about modern-day personal safety and security. He has visited much of the continental US, but still considers his home state of North Carolina as his favorite.

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