Worcester store clerk shot in face in ‘senseless’ violent act during seven-hour crime wave in city
WORCESTER — Police continue to investigate the shooting of a Honey Farms store clerk on Vernon Street where two masked men entered the store and shot the clerk in the face after stealing money from the cash register.
The shooting, about 12:30 a.m., was part of a violent seven-hour span in the city, in which two people were shot, two officers were injured apprehending a man with a gun, and another Honey Farms convenience store was robbed. Police are not linking the two convenience store robberies at this time, but also have not ruled out a connection.The clerk did everything like he was supposed to. He didn't fight back. He handed over the money. And, as the bad guys were leaving, they shot him in the face anyways. Even after giving them what they wanted, he was still nearly killed. Tell me how this could have gone worse had the clerk decided to give the crooks a .357 Magnum round instead of the cash...
Even better, since this is Massachusetts, I wonder how much time the shooter will actually spend in jail. No doubt the charges of possession of a firearm without a valid permit will be the first things pleaded away; I strongly suspect that the attempted murder charge will get dropped to assault and battery or something lower. I'd be shocked if the shooter gets more than a couple years for this. Because, hey, he didn't kill anyone, right?
It continues to amaze me that people really put their faith in the intentions of those bent on using violence to get what they want. Here you have the perfect storm of what should have been a textbook convenience store robbery: older clerk, late at night, bad guys come in brandishing a firearm - this should have been easy. Clerk hands over the money, they leave, the insurance company sorts it out in the morning. For reasons known only to the shooter, though, they decide to shoot the clerk in the face even though he'd already complied.
He did what they told him to do, and they shot him anyways.
Think about that the next time some chief of police - who has access to machine guns, don't forget - tells you that the best thing to do is give them what they want. What if they want you to die? I'm not comfortable placing my life in the hands of some violent thug with a stolen handgun. Mssrs. Smith & Wesson, OTOH, have been reliable friends and partners and deliver a .355" projectile where it's supposed to go with precision and accuracy - I'd rather rely on that.
The only person you can count on when the ball drops is you. Never forget that. The police are minutes away; the bad guy may very well want you dead; and other folks may be too scared, self-absorbed, or otherwise occupied to lend a hand. "Give them what they want" is such shockingly bad advice, because it presumes that the goblin pointing a gun at you is operating on the same rational parameters as the rest of society. They're not. They're violent predators. They *might* take the money and leave - or they might shoot you in the face because you might be able to identify them, you didn't move fast enough, or they just felt like shooting you in the face.
When you allow a goblin to decide your fate, you're putting your life on the line - literally.
That is all.
Thanks to Brad_in_MA for the hat tip!