A St. Louis 7-Eleven employee found herself in an early morning shootout with an armed robber Monday, that left one dead.
The female worker involved in the shootout had stepped out of the store at for a smoke break when an armed man tried to rob her at about 3:50 a.m., according to police reports. But the robber was unaware of just what the worker was bringing to the fight until she pulled out a gun of her own and exchanged fire with the would-be robber, killing him.
The robber was shot in the chest, arm, and thigh, police said. He died from his injuries at St. Louis University Hospital. Police on Tuesday identified him as Derrell L. Mayes, 30, of the 1500 block of Varnum Drive in Dellwood.
He has a criminal history that includes burglary, assault and gun charges.
The woman, 35, whom police have not identified, was shot twice in the leg. Police said she was conscious and breathing when she was taken to a hospital, where she was stable. Her medical condition was unavailable.
The store, in the city’s Carondelet neighborhood a few blocks west of Interstate 55, was open for business about two hours after the shooting.
Employees said Monday evening that the woman involved in the shooting had worked at the store for years.
A man who had been working with her at the time of the shootout quit later that morning, employees said.
Brian Richardson, another worker, spent the morning answering messages and calls from friends who heard about the shooting and wanted to know what happened and to check that he was OK.
Richardson was quoted as saying,
“The safety risks of working at night are not worth the pay We need a security guard. This store had been robbed before, but this was the first time I knew of anyone getting hurt there. But I think anybody would defend themselves if they were in her position.”
As of right now, it appears that the employee will not be charged for a crime after the shooting, as the police are deeming it justified.
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