Student aspiring to be police officer killed during robbery

Gas station clerk shot during robbery dies
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - One of the men shot during a gas station robbery died from his injuries.

Memphis Police Department said several robbers entered the Citgo station on Cherry Road near Dunn Avenue just after 12 p.m. Thursday.

The robbers shot the clerk and ran off. Witnesses said the gas station owner then ran after the robbers and shot one of them outside the store.

Both men were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Memphis Police Department confirmed the clerk has since died from his injuries.

"It's terrible," Sassy Smothers said. "Take that young boy's life. For what?"

Smothers lives near Cherry Road and shops at the gas station all the time.

The family of the man shot said he was attending a 2-year college in Southaven, Mississippi and had dreams of being a police officer.

"This boy just wanted to go to school, right along with his sister and his family, and make a good living. Get his education and then you have someone shooting them up for no reason," Smothers said.

"The owner ended up shooting him [one of the robbers] in the face and in the shoulder," Justin Smith said.

Two other men in dark hoodies ran from the scene and are still on the run. Witnesses said it was the owner's son who was shot.

"His son got shot in the higher ribs, toward the lung area," Smith said.

Others who work and live near the area said crime is getting bad everywhere.

"It's getting bad. It's getting really bad," James Bullington said.

Bullington owns a car repair shop across the street from the gas station.

"It makes me a little nervous, real nervous," Bullington said.

Bullington said after this latest incident, he is taking extra steps to protect himself and his property.

Witnesses said they support the owner for shooting back at the would be robber.

"Heck yeah I defend him. He had every right. It's his property," Jessica White, neighbor, said.

"I support him 100 percent to do what he has to do, and if it was me, I would do the same thing," Bullington said.

Memphis police officers are still searching for the two robbers who ran away from the gas station.

If you have any information that may help police capture them, please call 901-545-2677.

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