Rob­ber shot by cus­tomer, cops say

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Local - By Wayne K. Rous­tan South Florida Sun Sentinel wkrous­[email protected]­sen­tinel. com, 954-356-4303 or Twit­ter @WayneRous­tan

A man with a con­cealed­weapons per­mit shot one of three men who tried to rob him at a gas sta­tion just out­side West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice said.

He had just paid for his gas and was walk­ing back to his car when three men ap­proached and de­manded money. Rather than hand it over, he drew his gun and shot at them, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice said.

The wounded would-be rob­ber is in cus­tody and is ex­pected to sur­vive.

The at­tempted rob­bery hap­pened just be­fore 7 a.m. Satur­day at the Shell sta­tion at 2970 N. Mil­i­tary Trail, said sher­iff’s spokes­woman Teri Bar­bera.

“The vic­tim, in fear of this life, dis­charged his firearm, which he has a con­cealed weapons per­mit for, strik­ing one of the sus­pects,” she said, in a state­ment.

The gas sta­tion clerk, who would only iden­tify him­self as Mr. Nasser, said the in­tended vic­tim ap­peared un­hurt.

“The guy came in and paid for the gas and they tried to rob him and he fired at them,” Nasser said. “He was not killed, but some­body was in­jured.”

The clerk had just ar­rived at work when he saw the com­mo­tion.

“The sher­iff’s of­fice was here for about five hours,” he said.

“All three sus­pects fled,” Bar­bera said. “The in­jured sus­pect is in cus­tody and is ex­pected to sur­vive his wounds.”

There was no im­me­di­ate word on whether the cus­tomer who fired the shots would face any charges.

Sher­iff’s deputies were search­ing for the other two sus­pects Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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