Longview Clerk Fights Back Against Gunman

A gunman walks into an East Texas convenience store and fires at a clerk point blank, but the clerk fights back with gunfire of her own.  Around 10:30 Saturday night, Longview police say a man walked into the E-Z Food Mart on North 4th Street with a gun and fired.

Like she does everyday Longview clerk Robin Adams helped a customer Saturday night, but then a man runs in with a gun and points it at her head.  For Adams, 37 it was the most frightening moment of her life.

"As soon as I raised up, all I saw was the barrel of his gun," said Adams.  "He didn't ask for money.  He didn't speak, he just wanted to shoot me, and I don't know why."  With only a second to react, Adams said she ducked to the right as the shot is fired.  Miraculously, the bullet misses, tears through a cigarette pack and out a plate glass window.

"All I was thinking at this point is like, I'm going to be shot in a split second, and I ducked to the right an he did shoot," said Adams.  Adams' spilt second decision to lean to the right is what saved her life.  The bullet that exited through this glass window was aimed at her head.  In another second Adams makes a gutsy move and grabs a 32 pistol under the counter and fights back.

"He immediately ducked and ran out the door," said Adams.  "I just followed him with the gun and shot."  The suspect runs for the door and Adams fire, but a metal bar blocks the bullet.

"I looked at that glass window, and all I could think of was that could have been my skull and my children would have had their mother in a closed casket.  I don't know how, or why I reacted the way I did, but it worked.  I have a lot to be thankful for, a lot to prayer for and it was not my time."  Adams had only been working at the store since October.  Police say they have no motive for the shooting.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 5-feet 4-inches tall, weighing around 140 to 150 pounds.  He was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt, a baseball cap with a red bandana over his face and blues jeans.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Longview Police Department.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com