An Ohio gas station clerk named Lance is a hero after he returned fire at three armed men that came to rob his store. Two of the armed suspects died from their gunshot wounds while a third escaped and is still at large.
Lance’s coworker Pat said, “Everybody that comes in here knows that all the employees here carry, you know and we don’t understand; These people couldn’t be from this neighborhood, cause it’s just something that you don’t see happening here. Everybody that comes in knows that Lance open carries.”
A frequent customer who identified himself as Gary said that Lance wore a gun on his hip for protection.
“I asked him if he’d ever shot it,” Gary said, “and he said no, he just uses it for target shooting.”
Pat said, “We want everybody to stop in and just say hey, you know, if you knew him…even if you didn’t, sign the card, help him feel better because he’s going through a lot, you know”.
“Two people died and it’s gonna bother him, you know,” Pat added.
Customers couldn’t agree more.
“I think that’s a beautiful thing,” customer Jesse Burns told the station of the rally set to take place at the gas station. “He’s a nice guy, good kid, you know what I’m saying, don’t mess with nobody.”
“I just wish it could be more support, more giving, more helping out, so that he can get better,” customer Raquel Scutseysaod, “because all he was doing was trying to defend himself at his job.”
“If you come into the store and you don’t have enough to cover, Lance would take it out of his pocket,” Pat told the station.
That might have been a wiser approach for the robbers, who police said were wearing masks when they entered the store, attempted to rob it, and exchanged gunfire with the clerk. Surveillance video provided to WJW captures gunfire outside the store.
A vigil is being held for the clerk to help him with his medical bills after being shot.
We need more clerks like this, to have the bravery and sense to fight back and not be a victim.
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