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Clerk fatally shoots man during robbery

Javon Sanchez Booker, 21 Javon Sanchez Booker, 21

Hours after homicide detectives were called to a murder scene in south Charlotte a second person has been shot and killed in north east Charlotte.

The shooting was reported shortly after 9 p.m. on the 1400 block of Tom Hunter Road, police said.

Police confirmed to WBTV News that the shooting was the result of a robbery attempt at the Fast Mart convenience store located on Tom Hunter Road.

One of the store's owners Lamia Hanna described what she saw on the surveillance camera. "It showed the guy jumped [over the counter]. He had a gun. He was all covered up. We didn't see his face and he hit the clerk twice. The clerk had to defend himself," Hanna said.

The robber, later identified as Javon Sanchez Booker, 21, managed to run out of the store but later collapsed on the street.

Paramedics attempted to perform CPR on him, but were unable to revive him, witnesses said.

A MEDIC spokesperson later confirmed that the victim died at the scene.

"I'm not glad that he killed him. ..That he had to shoot him but he had to defend himself," Hanna said.

It's a scenario Hanna knows all too well.

She used deadly force to defend herself against a robber at the same store in 2007.

"I congratulated them. People are getting tired of people taking their hard earned money," Neighbor Steven Reid said. "It's not Hidden Valley [residents]. It's people coming from other sides of towns..that are living in these cheap hotels..that's where the real problem is coming from."

"I just hope they keep the store open. I hope this doesn't deter them and make them go away," Neighbor Georgette Foster said.

Hanna says the store has been hit countless times but doesn't plan to do add any additional security. After 11 years of being a staple in the community, she says the violence won't force her to move locations.

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