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Clerk Fires Gun At Would-Be Robber In Fitchburg

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A gunman entered Michele's Variety on Sunday night.

A gunman entered Michele’s Variety on Sunday night.

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FITCHBURG (CBS) – A would-be robber armed with a revolver could barely bark his orders before he was ducking for cover and making a quick exit from Michele’s Variety Store in Fitchburg.

The store clerk surprised the man with a quick shot from his handgun behind the counter.

The man came in at 6 p.m. Sunday night.

WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports

Police would not condone or condemn the actions of the clerk.

“That’s a very personal decision as to what type of action you’re going to take,” says Sgt. Glenn Fossa of the Fitchburg Police.

The clerk’s single shot did not hit the would-be robber, but sent him out the door without him ever firing his gun, and without getting a nickel.

Surveillance video captured the incident.

In July, a clerk was shot and killed at JV’s Variety on Fairmount Street.

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