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Store owner shoots suspect in armed robbery attempt

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Marrero, La.- Police say the owner of a Marrero sandwich shop shot a man during a failed armed robbery attempt late Saturday night.

It happened just before 11:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of Barataria Boulevard.

Officers discovered a 38-year-old male victim suffering from gunshot wounds to the arms, when they arrived to the scene, and it was quickly determined the victim was shot during a failed armed robbery attempt on the business.  

The suspect, later identified as 18-year-old Robert McClure, was described as a black male, wearing dark clothing and a dark covering over his face, was last seen running from the rear door of the business.

The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment, treated and released.

A short time later, police received reports of a subject shot near the intersection of Ehret Road and Champagne Street which is directly behind the business. First responding officers located a black male subject suffering from multiple gunshots wounds who fit McClure's description. He was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries; which, accordingly to Physicians could be life-threatening.  

Through an investigation, detectives learned McClure entered the business through a rear door carrying a shotgun, pointed the weapon at the victim, who was cleaning the business, and ordered him to the front of the business.

The victim had his hands up and was begging McClure not to shoot him as the store owner, who was closing out the daily earnings heard this, he looked around the corner from his location and observed the suspect pointing a shotgun at the employee.  

As McClure turned to approach the store owner the shooting victim grabbed the suspect's shotgun and began to fight with him over it. Then, the store owner armed himself with a handgun and began to fire at McClure in order to protect his employee and himself.

The suspect dropped the shotgun and fled out of the rear door to the business. 

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, McClure was charged with attempted armed robbery, illegal possession of stolen firearms, as well as aggravated assault.

McClure was last listed in critical condition.

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