A Chicago convenience store clerk and an armed robber shot and killed one another during a botched holdup, police said.
The deadly shootout occurred Friday evening inside the El Barakah Supermarket in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, killing would-be robber Nicholas Williams, 24, and 63-year-old clerk Ali Hassan, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Williams entered the store on 73rd Street around 6:20 p.m. and produced a handgun in an attempt to rob it, but Hassan, who had a concealed carry permit, pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Williams in the chest, according to police.
Williams returned fire and shot the store worker in the chest and back.
The robbery suspect then fled the store, but collapsed and died about a block away, according to police.
Hassan, a Palestinian immigrant from the Berwyn neighborhood, was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center and died from his injuries within an hour.
Two other people who were inside the store at the time of the shootout were not injured, according to police.
Three firearms were recovered at the scene, including Hassan’s and Williams’, as well as a third weapon found behind the store’s counter.
Family members said Hassan leaves behind a wife and five children between the ages of 10 and 22, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
Relatives described Hassan as a family man who was well respected in the community.
“He’s the most standup guy, caring guy,” his nephew Khalid Hassan told ABC 7 Chicago. “If you were around him, he always had good energy, always a positive individual.”
Longtime South Shore resident Mallory Jones told CBS Chicago that Hassan ran the store with such compassion for the community that many had come to view him as a family member.