Vape Shop Clerk Shoots Armed Robber in the Chest

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Vape Shop Clerk Shoots Armed Robber in the Chest
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-( SF Gate (The San Francisco Chronicle) reports 05-15-2017 in San Francisco, California, an attempted robbery happened a short time before 1 in the afternoon the previous day. The tobacco and vape shop is located in a strip mall at Pacific Avenue and North Texas Street.

The robber, who was not identified by police came into the store wearing a mask and pulled a handgun out of his waistband. Instead of giving up the store’s money, the clerk on duty pulled his own gun and shot the robber in the chest. The robber is reported to be in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his chest at a nearby hospital.

Detectives interviewed the clerk and witnesses inside the store and determined the employee shot the robber in self-defense. The clerk legally possessed his firearm, officials said.

The gun turned out to be a realistic-looking BB gun, police said.


Another smoke shop robbery, this time with the twist of an armed employee who chooses not to leave his life up to the benevolence of an armed robber. He reacts by shooting instead of surrendering!

Fortunately he had his government permission slip to possess a firearm, otherwise in San Francisco he’d certainly have been arrested.

Turns out the criminal was bluffing with a look alike BB gun. Of course if a criminal pretends to be threating a victim with deadly force, that victim is permitted to believe him. Seems this armed robber picked the wrong victim.

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

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so it was in fact a BB gun the perp had in his hand. So what? First it LOOKED like the real article, thus the clerk acted reasonably and responsibly. Second, who here would invite someone else to fire a BBI pistol at short range at your own face? Close range, that pellet COULD go through your eyeball and into your brain, then its lights out foor you. Not worth the risk. Third, anyone here remember the story from two or three years back, I believe it was in THIS column, about the home invader pushed his way in, grabbed… Read more »


Perhaps not deadly, but surely destructive in that it can blind you with a BB or pellet, but Darwin always arms his own with stupid, easier to clean out the gene pool that way.


Yes, I agree to clean out the gene pool.

Cap'n Dave

What Mas Ayoob calls “acute failure of the victim selection process”