After three business armed robberies Monday, a fourth was interrupted when the store worker pulled a pistol and fired back at the gunman who came in shooting, police said.
The would-be robber thus was dissuaded from pursuing his attempted heist at the Buena Vista Road Liquor Store, at 4740 Buena Vista Road near the Walmart, said Columbus Police Maj. Gil Slouchick.
He said the gunman entered the store firing a pistol at 9:30 p.m., prompting the clerk to pull his own handgun and shoot back. The clerk missed, but the would-be robber turned and ran, the major said.
The gunman was described as black, slim, about 6 feet tall and wearing a gray jacket, gray shirt, black pants and black shoes, the attire resembling workout clothes one might wear to a gym, Slouchick said.
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That incident followed three robberies reported Monday in this order:
At 5:05 a.m., a single gunman robbed the Red Robin restaurant at 5550 Whittlesey Blvd. He was described as black, of medium build, wearing a black mask, black zip-up jacket and black pants.
At 9:50 a.m., a gunman robbed the Cascade Liquor Store at 4200 River Road. He was described as black, about 6 feet tall and wearing a gold-colored hooded sweatshirt.
At 8:45 p.m., a gunman robbed the Petro Mart at 6262 Macon Road, where he hit a customer in the face. He was described as black, 5-foot-9, slim, wearing a black mask, an orange hooded sweatshirt, and light colored jeans. The robber may have fled in a silver or gray Dodge Dart.
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call detectives at 706-653-3400.