HOUSTON -

Houston police said an armed convenience store clerk not only foiled an attempted robbery, but wound up putting the would-be robber in the hospital. Police said the man was shot in the neck while trying to rob a convenience store at the intersection of Almeda-Genoa and Rowlett.

"When I saw the gun I felt like I was going to die. For my safety I had to pull my trigger," said store clerk Kiran Giri.

Giri is known in his southeast Houston neighborhood as Alex and said he's worked at the Almeda Discount Food Store for 14 years. In that time, Giri said he's seen crime getting worse.

"Every day robbing, looting, store clerk got shot, got killed," said Giri.

Giri said a fear of being attacked is why he obtained a Texas concealed-handgun license 18 months ago. Giri said after obtaining his license he started carrying a pistol to work.

"You got to be prepared, you never know when you're behind the counter," said Giri.

Giri said his worst fears were realized Monday evening when an armed robber confronted him while was working behind the counter.

"As soon as he walked in, he just pointed the gun at my face (and said), 'Give me the money, give me the money, give me the money,'" said Giri. "(It was) like you're watching a movie."

Giri said without hesitation he pulled his gun from its holster and fired one time, hitting the man in the neck. The man collapsed at the front of the store.

"I have seen that many times -- you give the money that they want and they still come back and they shoot you and they leave," said Giri.

Police said the would-be robber was rushed to Ben Taub Hospital and is in serious condition. Police said a second man was waiting in a white, older-model Lincoln Town Car around the corner from the store, but he took off when the shot was fired.