From the Birmingham News of July 14, 2009
Store owner says robber shot himself
An owner of the Vineyard Food Market told The Birmingham News that a man shot himself dead as he ran after robbing the store on Tuesday night.
The owner said he fired a shot at the fleeing man, who had grabbed money in the store and ran, but he did not think he had hit him.
Police have not confirmed that account of the incident, but said the dead man had attempted to rob the store on Crestwood Boulevard.
Jerry Tucker, owner of Crestwood Antiques a few doors down from Vineyard Food Market, was called to the scene because an alarm went off at his business after a bullet went through a window. Tucker, who has been in business there for eight years, said it's a nice community, but there is a lot of crime.
Tucker said his son-in-law closed a computer store that he had owned in the same shopping center after several break-ins.
Tucker said the owners of the Vineyard are well-liked by members of the community.
"This is tragic. They are really good folks," he said.