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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mini Mart Employee Stops Robbery—With His Handgun

An employee at a Lumberton, N.C., convenience store came face to face with death last Friday night. Luckily a coworker was on the job—and armed.

According to local media reports, Franklin McLaurin walked into the store at 11 p.m. and pointed his gun at the clerk’s head. However, another employee surprised the would-be robber, drawing and firing his own firearm and sending the criminal running out the door. A police dog and sheriff’s deputies later found Franklin hiding in bushes only a few blocks from the store.

Emergency responders took McLaurin to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and, according to a Lumberton Police Department statement, charges will be filed once he recovers. The same A&B Mini Mart was robbed on June 16, when another man walked in, showed the clerk his handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of money. Police continue their search for that robbery suspect.