Owner Of An East Charlotte Gas Station Fights Back After Being Shot During Attempted Robbery By A Convicted Felon

CHARLOTTE, NC. — The owner of an East Charlotte gas station is fighting back after being shot during an attempted robbery by a convicted felon. The owner and the suspect are in the hospital.

Shattered glass shows where a bullet hit the front door of the 7-Eleven on Monroe Road. Inside, another bullet grazed the counter. Police say it happened during an attempted armed robbery around three Monday morning.

A store employee tells WCCB the owner was making cookies when a man ran in, hopped the counter, ran to the back of the store, and shot the owner, who then fired back at the suspect.

CMPD says that suspect, 22-year-old James Murray, ran to a nearby parking lot where police dogs tracked him down.

State prison records show Murray just got out in April. He served prison time for habitual breaking and entering. Murray will be served with warrants for a number of charges once he’s released from the hospital. He’s been arrested eight time in Charlotte since 2016.

Entiera Manley used to work at the 7-Eleven and knows the owner well.

“Tony is a fighter. Tony, he has really good morals and values. Just for him to take that risk, he put himself out there,” says Manley.

There have been 122 crimes reported within a half-mile of the gas station in the past six months. They include: 24 assaults, 23 larcenies, and six robberies.

We do not know the store owner’s condition. WCCB reached out to 7-Eleven corporate for a comment and have not received a response.