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7-Eleven clerk insists he’s no hero after saving 4 people in Bronx armed robbery

Posted at 11:19 AM, Mar 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-12 11:19:13-04

A young man working at a 7-Eleven in the Bronx went from clerk to hero in a matter of seconds.

The man saved four people during an armed robbery inside the 7-Eleven/ Mobil gas station complex at University and West Tremont Avenues in Morris Heights.

Cops say two thugs with a gun, who are shown on surveillance video, came into the store about 7 a.m. Monday looking for another guy who had just run inside.

Witnesses say one of the thugs went up to the guy and demanded he give up his money.  The hero, who asked us not to identify him,  told PIX11 he jumped into action.

“I saw a gun.  I hit the panic button and I rushed everyone to the back room.”  he said. He said he then barricaded the door and blocked it with his body.  ” I was holding it  and four guys who were being shot at pushed to get in and I let them in  and barricaded the door again.”

The hero clerk says he got help from co-workers and a middle school student who was in the store.

He says everything was alright until “someone started yelling shoot, shoot, shoot and they shot at the door 4 to 6 times.”

He went on to say, ”  I thought, is this was my moment? Am I really gonna die here?”

Eventually the shooting stopped with only one minor injury, according to witnesses.

So is the clerk a hero?

” I’m no hero.  I just did what I did.  I went with human instinct.  It was blood rushing through my body.”

He says now he is afraid for his safety but he was back on duty less than 24 hours after the shooting.

“I’m just trying to keep doing what I’m doing.  I love this job.  I have my friends, everybody is with me .  That’s what counts.”

The store remained closed early Tuesday but was expected to reopen.

Cops are looking at surveillance video and asking the public to help catch the shooters.

If you recognize them you are asked to call the crime stoppers tip line at 1-800-577-TIPS.