Store clerks use guns as self defense

The shooting at Waccamaw Outdoor Supply Wednesday is the most recent of several incidents where clerks use a gun to defend their stores.

In November, a clerk at the Wrightsville Country Store in Wilmington said he shot an intruder in the leg and then again in the hand.  The store's owner said he provides his employees with guns for self defense and will require them to take a firearm training course.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said everyone has the right to protect themselves, but it's important to have proper firearm training.  He also said in most cases it's better to "cooperate than stand there and engage."

In October, a clerk at the Dawson Street Mini Mart shot a teenager who was trying to rob the store and take and iPod from the clerk's 3-year-old child.

In both cases, the shooting victims are still alive.