WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- He had a gun pulled on him and was asked to fork over the cash, but this Wilmington store clerk did the complete opposite. Mark Headstrong has become something of a local celebrity since shooting a would-be robber last week, and he says business at the store is changing as well.
Headstrong says people have been coming in to the Wrightsville Country Store just to give him praise and congratulations for his quick thinking and gunwork. His new found fame is even bringing in more business.
It's Tuesday afternoon and business at the Wrightsville Country Store is steady. Customers coming in and out, many wanting to meet the man who shot would-be robber Joseph Anderson.
"A lot of shaking hands a lot of hugs, a lot of signatures, autographs, pictures with customers," Headstrong said of his new found fame.
Besides those handshakes and pictures, people are showing their admiration for store clerk Headstrong's actions in the form of sales.
"We got increase in business because people want to see me, so I'm glad that's taking care of business," he said.
Headstrong has even received letters and notes from fans and customers. Rhonda Mason, a regular, left Headstrong a note when she came in earlier this week and didn't find her favorite clerk.
"I just wrote on the back of the receipt, 'Where are you? I'm worried about you. I hope you're OK,'" Mason said.
But that's not all. Headstorng has also gotten a couple of phone calls from fans who cannot come to the store.
"Ex-Marines, veterans. They call me from their house and say, 'Mark, we cannot walk, but we are proud of you. What you did is... us, we would do the same. You are our hero,'" he said.
With everyone calling Headstrong a hero, the clerk is humbled by his new found fame. He hopes his actions will inspire others to stand up for themselves.
"It's very impressing for me 'cause I did something that they would like to do themselves, you know. So now I give guts for everybody to do the same if they were in a situation like this," Headstrong said.
Many of you have also commented our website about Headstrong's accuracy with the gun. We asked him if he is thinking about doing some target practice. Headstrong says he doesn't plan to, seeing that it was so easy when he shot the robber last week.