THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - A Terrebonne Parish convenience store owner did not heed the warnings of law enforcement because he said he was fighting for his livelihood and his life when he encountered an armed robber this weekend.
On Saturday around 8:40 p.m., a man walked into the Speedy Food Mart on West Park Avenue in Thibodaux asking for cigarettes, according to the owner.
"In the process of doing that, when the register was open, (the robber) then demanded money," Terrebonne Sheriff's Office Maj. Malcolm Wolfe said. "It went from that to him jumping on the counter, striking the owner in the head multiple times with a handgun, and he got away with an undetermined amount of cash."
The owner was sent to the hospital with a gash over his eye. He would need stitches to address the injury.
Investigators said it is still undetermined if the robber shot at the owner, but the owner said he is certain the robber shot at him.
The owner is seen on video surveillance throwing items at the robber in an effort to get him away.
"This guy could have lost his life over a few hundred dollars, and life is worth a lot more than that," Wolfe said. "Looking at the video, I think it's pretty good quality video and someone who knows this guy will be able to identify him...I'm just hoping to get the information we need to get his dangerous suspect off the street."
As of Tuesday, the owner was still badly bruised but back at work.
Terrebonne Parish investigators ask anyone who may know the attacker to not approach him but instead call detectives at (985) 876-2500.
There is up to a $1,000 CrimeStoppers reward for anyone with information in this case.