HOUSTON - An alleged robber was able to get away after he was shot by a store manager Saturday.
Burt's Meat Market has been on Lyons Avenue for more than 60 years. The manager said in all that time they've never been robbed and he's never had to touch the gun he keeps in the store until last night.
A store full of customers and workers wasn't a deterrent for one man.
J.L. Nickel has managed the store for 23 years. He was in his office across from a checkout counter when a teenage clerk came face to face with the armed robber demanding money.
"We never thought we'd get robbed because there's always so many people in here," Nickel said. "We were in the back mixing some boudin and everybody came in and goes: 'Run, run outside. There's somebody in here with a gun.'
"I looked out a window and all I could see was his hand with a pistol. I didn't know what to do."
That's when Nickel took action. He fired two shots, hitting the man in the back of the head.
"Just spur of the moment," he said. "I just did what I had to do. Everything happened and I just did it on instinct. I was just worried about everyone else in here."
The robber stumbled out of the door and was able to run away, as the search for the robber continues.
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