Caught in the Act: Clerks Fight Back

YouTube clips show clerks and customers turning the tables on bad guys.
5:11 | 11/12/11

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We start with what could be called vigilantes video. Victims were just getting mad they're getting weapons here's Deborah Roberts. Win big news attack. You to this fall it seems like -- -- some customers turning the tables on the Pentagon. Friend you have every legal right to defend yourself. But robbery is brightening in serious business just -- Mary big -- It was Valentine's Day 2005. He was just opening his New York jewelry store to its first customers of the day. He shows them engagement rings. They show him a gun. Looked up and write in my face isn't automatic pistol. My brain -- uses real deal and our have to kill and he said that because you know you've got this. You've -- -- -- who have children. Would the robbers don't know is that fixes a former marine in Vietnam combat vet. Slaps a loaded gun out of his face and -- for his own pistol -- comes up -- -- -- the glass door. Some of the gunfire hit here is former bullets were over here and -- -- the robbery in white. I shot right over here from one of the guys on this I think -- right over right there -- -- -- And convicted but the wounded nineteen year old never served his full sentence paralyzed by its -- bullet he later died -- -- Feel you have to shoot -- my life's in danger if somebody is that violent enough to put a gun and threatened to kill me. Now have to kill that person do you think it's heroic for someone to. Challenge the robber no I think it's suicide. -- -- Yes because -- odds are your the one that's going to get injured or killed. Security expert -- -- -- has -- years studying robberies and is even interviewed hundreds of captured grounds. What they say to you about pulling out a gun on someone did they expected gonna have to probably killed in general robbers do not want to hurt people they are just there to -- I'm not saying that make some good people but that's just what their particular -- In the ninety seconds it takes to -- -- the average robbery -- not can go wrong she says is especially when victims fight back. So watch -- Chicago store manager wrestled -- away from the robber in the struggle he employee gets shot. And in this YouTube clip called good guy one bad -- -- the -- could have been very different. A motel clerk shoots the armed robber but look how close is -- live past this child in his -- -- What are the chances of somebody being hurt or killed. If they resist well they found in and robberies at 82% of the deaths were when people resistant. That's -- what happened during this to -- but a Virginia gas station last year it's a robber holding a clerk at gun point. That's -- unsuspecting customers and -- -- -- -- Look back I saw the gun instinctively -- searches for a weapon anything besides a bottle of -- we'll have to do. I didn't like it but I was running out of time I -- I didn't have -- time. -- the robber but unlike Hollywood westerns the gunman doesn't go down. -- -- -- And -- was nobody's more surprised and I was. We didn't go down. What he does do -- shoot the good samaritan -- hit in the process how many times. -- time for time. -- education. Wasn't must shoulder. In -- new mines. Are here. And they say I've got a bullet -- here when did people call you a hero how to people react to you after this was. Are saying don't consider that is. Anyway I consider that as he'll win. The robbers were two of them were caught and convicted this -- head is doing just fine. But not every victim who fights back kids. You may remember this -- an -- Michigan Longoria. Pharmacist and Jeremy home in Meyers his own gun chasing -- -- would be robbers that he wasn't congratulate him. He was -- him. Its -- Hero. His reward is pink slip he's fired for saving the -- That comes down policy if they don't enforce that policy then everyone would carry guns and it is a greater risk for the business if people there have -- As for ten -- who had no gun but bought back in the -- -- times he says one of life is threatened sometimes there's no other choice it's -- job. And his citizen did you object is good job did not just him about it and now it's time they might be you. Might want -- you'll send. If everybody needed job we get guns off the street.

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