14-year-old charged in store robbery

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News 12 First at Five, July 30, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. - F.A.M.E. store owners, Raheim Badger and Devalle Townsend are relieved that a 14 year-old boy who robbed their business is caught.

"When I opened the door the dude was standing right [there]. He fired and that was it. I'm just glad that I wasn't shot. I'm just glad nothing's wrong with me," says Badger.

It happened at 4a.m. The store owner was staying overnight because of prior burglary attempts. He says that the boy began firing at him and he was forced to defend himself.

"It's like someone breaking into your home. If someone breaks into your home, you'll be scared. You don't know what to do."

In the crossfire the owner was not injured, but the 14 year-old boy was struck in the side. The boy's name is Derrell McNair and he will be charged as an adult. He escaped with more than $8,000 in merchandise, including pants, shirts and a laptop. Two adults will also be charged in the crime, Jordash Tanksley and his father, Clarence.

The owners say despite everything they'll continue to keep their doors open.

"We aren't going to stop. We're not going to let them scare us away. We are here to stay. We are here to stay."

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