Monroe Police Department
MONROE Police say a suspected robber was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire with two clerks at Sunny Food Mart on Walkup Avenue late Thursday.
Robert Christopher Young, 23, of Monroe was pronounced dead after being transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, police said.
Police were dispatched to a holdup alarm at the convenience store at 10:17 p.m. and another 911 call reported shots being fired.
The Observer’s news partner, WCNC-TV, reported that Sopea Pich and his brother were working inside the family-owned convenience store off U.S. 74 in Monroe when the robbery happened just before midnight.
Pich said the robber entered the store, pulled out a gun and demanded money.
Pich said the store has been robbed in the past and that he and his brother both had guns for protection.
“He was yelling, ‘Give me the money. Give me the money.’ I didn’t really have time to think. I shot him,” Pich said.
Police said they found Young in front of a home on nearby McIntyre Street.
The clerks weren’t injured, police said.