Friday, March 20, 2009

Texas: Clerk trades gunfire with robbers in west Fort Worth

Fort Worth, Texas

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram of March 20, 2009
Clerk trades gunfire with robbers in west Fort Worth

Robbers used a shotgun Thursday evening to blast open the glass door of a west-side retail store in west Fort Worth, but a clerk shot back, police said.

The two robbers fled the CC 99 Cent Plus Store in the 5700 block of Lovell Avenue, and the clerk was not hurt, said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman.

"It's unknown," he added, "if either suspect was hit."

The incident happened around 8:35 p.m. at the store, which is near Lovell Avenue's intersection with Camp Bowie Boulevard.

The two men wearing hooded sweatshirts breached to glass door and entered the store. They pointed the shotgun and a handgun at the clerk and demanded "all the money," Henderson said.

But the 38-year-old clerk, crouching behind a counter, grabbed his own gun and fired several shots at the robbers, Henderson said.

"The two would-be robbers fled the store as bullets flew past them," Henderson said.

A witness later told police that two men matching the descriptions of the robbers were spotted running in the 5800 block of Curzon Avenue, one block south of the store's location.

Anyone with information can call robbery detectives at 817-392-4370 or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS, Henderson said. The information is considered confidential and callers may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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