Store clerk talks about attempted robbery and shooting

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

CAROLINE COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - A Caroline County store clerk is talking about the frightening moments when she came face to face with a gunman and the man who foiled the crime. NBC12 was the first to bring you the dramatic video from the Mr. Fuel truck stop off Interstate 95.

The store clerk couldn't hold back her tears when she talked of the man who jumped into action. We're told that Good Samaritan, a 61 year old Maryland man, did what he thought was right. While he recovers from four bullet wounds, he wants to remain anonymous out of fear--- the gunman is still on the run.

The store clerk says that customer is her hero. If Sharon could she would deliver this message herself and hopes one day she can.

"Thank you for being here and thank you for doing what you did because I wouldn't be here," said Sharon, the store clerk at the truck stop off Rogers Clark Boulevard.

Sharon said the gunman shot at her twice, as he yelled at her for money but she couldn't get the register to open.

"Right next to my feet twice and that's when my lovely lord and savior headed back down the isle because he thought he shot me and let him have it," said Sharon.

The customer grabbed two beer bottles from the cooler.

"Right before he hit him, when he was swinging he yelled run," said Sharon.

Sharon said the Good Samaritan was shot twice in the chest and twice in the leg. She hasn't slept for days.

"He didn't have to come and help me. He's a hero in my heart," said Sharon.

Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa commended the customer's actions.

"He told me he felt like he did what he had to do; what he needed to do and quite frankly was wondering why other people didn't react," said Lippa.

But Lippa doesn't recommend people take matters into their own hands. He says instead be the eyes and ears for police.

"Get as much information as you can remember starting from the feet up to the head. If they go to a vehicle - the color, the make, the model," said Lippa.

Sharon won't soon forget what the customer did and their conversation afterwards.

"You know what he said to us, you guys have to get better beer bottles," said Sharon.

Sheriff Lippa says they have a couple leads in the case. He says emergency care facilities should still be on alert for a man matching the gunman's description with a head injury. If you have information call the Caroline County Sheriff's Office at 804-633-5400.

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