Third robbery shooting in four weeks concerns Lexington clerks

A fatal shooting on Monday was Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A shooting on Monday that killed a clerk is Lexington's third gas station robbery shooting in four months. The people working at those businesses say they feel less safe, even though there was an arrest in that shooting.

"We have fear in our mind that this kind of incident can happen anywhere," said Abdul Salam, who works at a gas station on Versailles Road near Monday's shooting.

On November 22 shots were fired at a Marathon Gas station on Winchester Road. Police say the owner of the store shot a man who came into his store and attacked him during an attempted robbery.

Former Lexington Police detective Don Evans says only a small percentage of robberies ever go that far.

"In most cases the robbery is uneventful," Evans said. "The robber is in and out in a couple minutes before the police even get there. They get what they want and they leave, it's really unusual to have shots fired."

On November 25 an 18-year-old was shot when he was working with his father at The Pantry Market on Squires Road. Three men came in and one of them fired a shot hitting the teen. They left without getting any money. There have been no arrests in that case.

"Just because in most cases you don't have shots fired, just the very nature that they're walking in and sticking a gun in someone's face, the potential is there," Evans said.

"We are so worried about that because we don't feel safe here," Salam said.

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