Business owner requires clerks to take firearm training

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A store clerk at the Wrightsville Country Store in Wilmington shot an armed robber in November.

The store's clerk said Joseph Ryan Anderson, 30, went into the store pointing a gun and demanding money.

The clerk said he pulled out a handgun the store's owner, Musa Agil, had given him and tried to shoot the floor, but hit Anderson in the leg instead. Anderson tried to come around the counter so the clerk fired the gun again and shot him in the hand.

Anderson was taken to the hospital and has since been released.  Now, he's in jail under a $100,000 bond.

Agil said he is going to make all employees take a firearm training course because of the incident.

He says the surveillance video of the shooting has changed the way other small business owners protect themselves.

While Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous doesn't want things to get out of hand, he said everyone has the right to protect themselves.

"You have the right and duty to protect yourself and your family," said Evangelous.  "That being said, I think in most cases it's always safer to cooperate and let us [the police] track down the bad guy and put them in jail."

Evangelous went on to say that it is important to have proper firearm training for safety reasons.

"I caution, make sure you get the proper training and most cases it's always better to cooperate than stand there and engage," said Evangelous.

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