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Mark Headstrong had never fired a gun before. But, when a robber pointed a pistol at him, the Wilmington, North Carolina, convenience store clerk acted fast and shot his assailant twice.

Surveillance video captures the moment Mr Headstrong pulled out his weapon and fired, dropping 30-year-old Joseph Ryan Anderson to the floor with bullet wounds to his leg and his finger.

But Mr Headstrong’s boss, store owner Musa Agil said his employee should have shot the robber dead: ‘He should have killed him and this guy was soft on him.’

‘He was trying to give him a second chance. Thugs like those should not ever be given a chance, because if that man shot Mark, he’s not going to look at him and give him a chance. That’s why Mark made a terrible mistake by letting him go,’ Mr Agil told WWAY news in Wilmington.

Source: Michael Zennie for Dailymail.co.uk.

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