Crime & Courts

Attempted robbery at Obama store thwarted by gun-wielding clerk

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC A would-be robber’s plans were foiled Monday morning when a gas station clerk drew his own gun.

Richland County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Obama store, a gas station at 5831 N. Main Street around 3:30 a.m. The clerk said a gun-wielding suspect demanded money from him, said Lt. Curtis Wilson, spokesman for the sheriff’s department.

But the clerk pulled out his own weapon. The clerk did not fire.

As the suspect fled, he fired “multiple shots,” Wilson said. No one was injured. The clerk was shielded by protective glass.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.

Cynthia Roldán: 803-771-8311, @CynthiaRoldan