For the Children
A blond man entered the store and walked to the drink cooler, and selected a bottle of Gatorade. He ambled up to the counter and asked "How much for a pack of cigarettes?" Rather than reaching for his wallet, he pulled out a handgun and demanded money.
As Noel was handing the gunman about $150, he uttered "Just don't do anything crazy. There's a baby."
"I don't give a fuck," snarled the gunman and he turned to point the firearm at the infant. At that moment, a customer entered the store, and the gunman was distracted. The infant's father, Yamen Abdelfattah, passed the baby to it's mother who quickly locked herself and the baby in the office of the store. The blond gunman returned his attention to Noel Nagi.
After having been robbed at his check cashing business, Abdelfattah had obtained a concealed carry permit and had purchased his own firearm for self protection. He had practiced with his handgun diligently at the range. After ushering his wife and child into the office, Abdelfattah drew his weapon and fired as he rounded the corner. He shot the would be robber, Robert C. Martin. The infant's father shot the vicious criminal who had threatened his family to the ground, killing him. The attack on his family was over. Afterwards, Abdelfattah said someone asked why he fired so many shots. "How many shots does it take to kill someone? I don't know," he replied. "It's family first."
"I feel sorry for the guy and his family," Noel Nagi said. "But we didn't go after him, he came after us."
Martin is suspected of at least one other armed robbery. "We're not expecting charges at this time, but it will be turned over to the State Attorney's Office," a Sheriff's spokeswoman said.
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