HOUSTON, Texas – A clerk in a convenience store in southwest Houston shot two armed robbers and saved his co-worker’s life Monday night. The injured robbers escaped in a waiting car. They later died at an area hospital.
The Houston Police Department reported that three men entered a Super-K convenience store located in the southwest part of Houston, according to a report on KTRK-ABC13. A fourth man waited in a car as the getaway driver. One of the men began to pistol-whip the store owner’s son-in-law working as a clerk.
KTRK reported that a second clerk, the brother of the store’s owner, was taking a break at the back of the store and observed the unfolding robbery attempt and assault. He quickly grabbed his gun and shot two of the men. The men fled to the getaway car and left the scene.
Dien Tu shot the two robbers. “”Another guy, holding the door, hold a gun to me so I shoot them,” Tu said to KTRK’s Jessica Wiley.
The suspects fled the scene in a tan-colored sedan. The driver dropped the injured men off in front of an apartment complex across the street from Memorial Herman Southwest Hospital. The two men later died in the hospital.
This was the second time in as many weeks this store had been robbed, according to the KTRK report. In the previous robbery, the clerk was beaten so badly that he remains unable to return to work.
“Everyone has guns in the store. It’s so dangerous this kind of job,” Alden Tu, the store owner, told Wiley.
Wiley reported that the Houston police officers on the scene told her these robbers were believed to have committed another robbery just before coming to this store. Police continue to search for the remaining suspects.
The following day, another store clerk killed an armed robber. This time it was a north Houston liquor store that was robbed, according to the Houston Chronicle. Houston Police Detective Ivan Ulloa told the Chronicle that the robber “produced a gun and demanded money at gunpoint from the clerk.”
The robber, who the store clerk said appeared to be in his 20s, leapt over the counter and began to struggle with the clerk. The robber’s gun was knocked free and the clerk managed to get control of it. He then shot the robber in self-defense. The robber died from his wound.
Other than the fact that good guys with guns stopped bad guys with guns, it does not appear the two robberies were related.