WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A robbery attempt last night went very bad for the robber. The hold-up at 13th and Dawson Streets did not have the outcome the would-be thief had planned. When a young man entered the Dawson Street Minimart he had robbery on his mind, but the clerk turned the tables. Today it had the neighborhood talking.
"I heard he got his ass beat by the store owner. Excuse my language on the TV," neighbor Marcus Baker. "You can't come rob somebody then get your gun taken. That's what I heard: got his gun taken, beat up."
Another clerk, who didn't want to give her full name, said Thursday night a young man entered the mini mart around 9:30, pulled a gun and robbed the clerk on duty. But as he waited with the stolen money in his backpack, he decided to steal an iPod from a child in the store. That child's father was the clerk who was just robbed. He saw his chance to make his move
"The clerk, he took care of his family," the co-worker, who would only give her first name Karen, said. "He took care of his store. He did the best thing that was suitable for that situation."
Karen says the clerk jumped the robber. She says they fought through the store until the clerk grabbed the gun and fired.
At least one bullet hit the robber, who fell by the door where he begged people in the store to call help... for him
"I hate that a child got hurt, but a child took a big decision coming in this store trying to rob it, and he wanted more," Karen said.
Police won't release the name of the robber, who we've learned is a juvenile. They say he is in the hospital with "significant injuries" and won't be charged while he is being treated.
We're told the store clerk suffered a minor injury to his hand. He is OK. By the way, today is his birthday.