St Louis, MO - A 7-11 employee who stepped out of the store for a smoke break found herself in a gunfight with a would-be armed robber.
The incident occurred about 3:50 a.m. at the 7-11 located at 509 Bates Street, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The 35-year-old female employee, who was not identified, stepped outside of the store for a smoke break when an armed man tried to rob her. Little did he know, he wasn't trying to rob a helpless victim.
The woman drew her weapon and the two exchanged gunfire. The 30-year-old suspect, who was not identified, was struck in the chest, arm, and thigh. He was transported to St. Louis University Hospital, where he died of acute lead poisoning.
The female employee was shot twice in the leg. She was transported to a local hospital, according to St. Louis police, and is listed in stable condition.
St. Louis homicide detectives are conducting the investigation. Two guns were recovered from the scene.
The store closed for only about two hours before re-opening for business.
A man who had been working at 7-11 at the time of the gunfight quit a few hours later.
Another 7-11 employee Davon Dodson, was on his first day on the job, “I want to feel safe,” he said. “I let them (the 7-Eleven operators) know I would never work overnight. No way... I was glad she protected herself. We’re calling her a she-ro.”
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Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured 7-11 employee. Get well soon.