MIRA Reacts to Clinton Township party store clerk shot and killed
Since its inception 105 years ago, MIRA has lost many retailers to fatal shootings inside their place of business.
This latest incident is a constant reminder of how dangerous the business has become. “Our retailers risk their lives every day when they go to work,” said Auday Arabo, president and CEO. “Many of them are not equipped or trained like a policeman or someone in the military to fight off an attack. Often times, they have no time to react. The clerk is held up and killed.”
Late Thursday, a masked gunman was attempting to rob Bernie’s Market located on Garfield road, north of 17 mile. The man entered the party store waving a gun.
The store clerk who also owned the market pulled out a gun and they exchanged gunfire.
There was a trail of blood leading outside to the back of the building where the getaway vehicle was parked, leading police to believe the robber was shot as well.
Bernie’s Market was robbed in January of this year, along with three other stores.
“It is imperative that every city has a significant police presence and a well-funded department,” said Arabo. “It has been proven that police visibility in and around businesses are crime deterrents. We also need every attacker prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our society should have no tolerance for these heinous crimes.”