Police say two men were killed by a gas station clerk during an attempted robbery Monday night in northeast Ohio that left the clerk wounded in both legs.
Authorities say three armed, masked men rushed into a Marathon gas station in Canton shortly before 9:30 p.m., triggering a shootout. Officers found two of the men lying on the ground near the station. They were later pronounced dead at a hospital.
A gunfight is never a good thing to be in, and the wounds in both legs show the peril. He could have been killed, and thankfully he wasn’t.
The anti-gun cult will say that if he just let the men take what they wanted, he might have come out unharmed. He MIGHT have, but I’ve covered lots of robberies where the clerk complied with the robbers and got killed, either to eliminate witnesses or the even more insane reality that sometimes if the till is smaller than the robber had hoped for he’ll be so pissed off that the clerk gets killed for it.
One thing to say is if robbers are given carte blanche when they threaten force it gives a level of acceptance to this behavior that somewhat legitimizes this sort of activity. I don’t have much faith in the prison system to rehabilitate criminals. What I do suspect is that third guy who knows his buddies are sleeping in the morgue will think twice before robbing somebody again. He may continue to be a criminal, but breaking into parked cars is a step in the right direction to sticking guns in the faces of innocent people.