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NY store clerk arrested after shooting armed robbery suspect

Police caution tape. (TNS/Released)
May 28, 2020

A convenience store clerk in Brooklyn, N.Y. was arrested after he shot and killed a man believed to have been armed with a knife and attempting a robbery.

Police say the clerk shot and killed the armed suspect, 25-year-old Edwin Candelario Jr. after he pulled out a knife and attempted to attack the clerk during an argument, ABC 7 reported. A knife was found at the scene of the shooting at the Rose Family Grocery Store.

The 34-year-old clerk, who was not identified by name, pulled out the gun and shot Candelario multiple times. The clerk was arrested because his gun was unlicensed.

Emergency responders were called and took Candelario Jr. to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Candelario’s family is also saying he had simply gone in the store to pick up his keys, which he had apparently left at the store earlier.

Edwin Candelario, the man’s father, told CBS New York that his son had just come home from work before they went to the store.

“My son goes inside the store. I heard bam, then bam bam bam bam bam,” the father said.

The father said he then sprinted to the store, though someone had held the door shut.

“I pushed the door of the store and the guy went back and I said, ‘Where the hell is my son,’” Candelario said. “I went around the register like this, that way like this. When I look, guy is standing right in front of my son, still pointing the gun at my son. My son’s laying on the floor.”

CBS New York initially reported in its television broadcast that the clerk had not been charged. In a written report, the outlet indicated the clerk had been charged with criminal possession of a firearm. It is not clear if the shooting would have been justified if the clerk had legally possessed the firearm.

The father admitted his son Candelario Jr. had been drinking before he went into the store and police reportedly have video of the man approaching the store clerk with the knife. Video of the incident has not been released.

“He could’ve shot him in the leg. He could’ve pushed him. Why did he have to shoot him five times? That’s murder,” said Luz Sanchez, the Candelario’s aunt.

The father said the store clerk also pointed the gun at him, but that he managed to get away.