Convenience Store Clerk Beats Gun-Wielding Robber, Chases Him Away with Hammer

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Security footage of a Georgia convenience store shows a hooded man threatening a clerk with a gun. It also shows the clerk grabbing a hammer and chasing him out the door.

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Bhumika Patel, part-owner of the Keysville Convenience Store, laughed while telling that she was not at all afraid.

Christian Dakota Thornton, the 17-year-old charged with attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm. (Courtesy of Burke County Sheriff's Office)

"It was an easy, normal day," Patel said. She was working alone because her husband and business partner was out of town.

She saw a man outside, asking delivery men for change.

She was suspicious, but rang up his purchase of a soda when he came inside.

"I opened my register, and he showed me his gun." Patel said.

"I said, 'If you want to shoot it, go ahead and shoot it. Who's stopping you?'"  She says she slapped his gun away as he ran out with some cash.

She chased him with her hammer, then called authorities. The man was apprehended, she said.

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When her husband returned, she told him, "I'll be fine."

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