Grand Rapids, Michigan

From the Grand Rapids Press of October 15, 2007

Gas station clerk pulled gun before he was shot

A gas station clerk wounded in a holdup Friday night was shot after pulling a gun on the robbery suspect, police now say.

Grand Rapids police said the clerk, Eugene Earl-Evonta Eursher, 27, complied with the gunman’s demand for money from the register but then pulled a handgun on the thin, bearded robber, who shot and critically wounded Eursher.

Police first said there was only a confrontation between the alleged robber and the clerk.

Police said they believe the suspect is the same man who robbed two other businesses, taking time to say “I’m sorry” during one heist.

Eursher’s parents said Sunday that they are not interested in the apologies of whoever pulled the trigger — they just want that person off the street.

Eursher is recovering at a local hospital from the gunshot wound he received at the Boston Square Shell station, which is owned by his father, Edward Earl Eursher.

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