NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn store clerk was back on the job Monday, just hours after he was shot during an armed robbery.
Surveillance video shows the terrifying moments when two suspects stormed a corner store at 11:07 p.m. Sunday in East New York and pointed a gun at store clerk Nashwan Said.
The video shows Said immediately trying to grab the weapon from one of the suspects. He failed, and the other suspect ran around to score some cash.
Less than a minute later, Said tried to grab the gun a second time and failed again. The clerk fired one shot, leaving Said with a bullet to the hip, CBS2’s Steve Langford reported.
“He was going to shoot me in the stomach, I moved fast, turned my back so he hit me over here,” the 35-year-old clerk said as he pointed to his hip.
Just 10 hours after the incident, Said was smiling behind the counter at his family-owned corner store on New Lots Avenue and Bradford Street in East New York, Brooklyn, CBS2’s Langford reported.
He had just gone through a quick trip to the hospital and a few hours’ sleep.
Said was even laughing after the incident. The 35-year-old immigrant from Yemen does not know the meaning of surrender.
“I’m fine, working,” he said.
Said said the bullet wound to his hip is nothing to worry about.
Some neighbors came in Monday and embraced the store clerk who fought back.
“I think he did the right thing by fighting back,” one neighbor said.
“He was right to fight back if he could,” another said.
But others looked at the surveillance video and wondered why it was worth it to take the risk.
“The right move was for him to give what he got, and not fight back,” one said.
“I think that was kind of silly he should have just give everything up,” another said.
The two suspects were gone with the wind, making off with about $400 in cash and a couple of packs of cigarettes. Said was just happy to tell his story.
“I just say thanks God,” he said.
The suspects fled in a black Honda, police said.
Said said this was the first time he was robbed at gunpoint. And while few would try to fight back in such a situation, Said told CBS2 with cryptic defiance that it was also the last time he would ever get robbed.
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