Local store clerk shoots would-be robber; customers escape injury

By Kelli Ann Pistokache 

WACO, Texas (KWTX) A Temple man was shot during an attempted armed robbery Friday morning in Waco but the store clerk and customers inside were not injured.

Police were sent at about midnight Friday morning to the Shisa smoke shop on Lake Air Drive near Bosque Boulevard after a caller reported a robbery and a shooting, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Swanton said officers learned at least one man walked into the store and brandished a handgun, which he fired one time into the ceiling.

The store clerk also had a handgun which he pulled out and began firing at the suspect, Swanton said.

The suspect was hit twice in the exchange of gunfire but the clerk and customers inside the store were able to escape injury.

Cedric Brown, 20, of Temple, was found lying on the floor of the shop complaining that his wounds hurt and he was taken by ambulance to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center.

The handgun used by the suspect was recovered at the scene and later found to be stolen.

Police also learned after confirming the suspect’s identity that he had outstanding warrants from Temple, for which he was arrested.

Additional charges in connection with the attempted aggravated robbery are pending further investigation, Swanton said.