Clerk shoots, kills would-be robber

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A man who tried rob a New Haven convenience store is dead after he was shot by a store clerk.

The shooting happened just before midnight at Nino’s Mini Market at 659 Washington Ave., but this may not have been the first store robbed by the suspect.

The man who owns Congress Mini Market and another New Haven convenience store tells News 8 that he and an employee were locking up at 11:43 Tuesday night. Then a man with a rifle walked up to them on the sidewalk of Congress Avenue, demanding money. At first they thought it was a joke, but it soon became clear he was serious.

As police were gathering information about that crime, the store clerk received a call from his brother who runs Nino’s, about six blocks away, that someone tried to rob him, and that he shot the robber.

Witnesses say they saw the man with the rifle walk down Washington Avenue to Nino’s Mini Market. Moments later they say they heard at least six gunshots.

Officers “arrived and found the robbery suspect inside the store. He’d been shot by in the chest,” police said in a statement.

Police say the suspect was taken to the Yale- New Haven hospital, where he was pronounced dead minutes later. He has not yet been publicly identified. Police described him only as “an adult Hispanic man.”

“The fellow who shot the suspect, I’m sure he’s’ got to be in very bad condition right now, feeling awful, because you can’t take a life from anyone,” said Daniel Muniz, New Haven.

In fact employees at Nino’s said that they were too shaken up to talk. The owner says he only opened the store two weeks ago, and had not even hooked the surveillance cameras, so nothing was caught on tape. A rifle was found at the scene at Nino’s. The unidentified store clerk is not facing any charges at this time.

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