In Whittier, California, two men tried to rob a liquor store but had a surprise coming. Two black masked men entered the store, according to the Whittier Daily News. One of the pair had a handgun.

According to Whittier police spokesman John Scoggins, when the clerk at the Bottle House liquor store pulled out his own handgun, an exchange of fire ensued. In the fusillade, one robber was wounded but soon died on the scene. He has yet to be identified, but is believed to be between 25 to 35 years of age. The other robber was described as being six feet tall and weighing between 160 to 180 pound. He fled and is at large.

Scoggins said that the weapon used by the robbers has not yet been recovered, but there is evidence that a firearm was used. According to Whittier police Sgt. Willie Lawson, the clerk was unhurt.

Witness Valerie Villaneda told KTLA-TV, “I’m so thankful that [the clerk] reacted as quick as he did, because had he not, who knows? It could have really gone sour.” She lives above the store.

Whittier is credited as the birthplace of former president Richard Nixon.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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