Don’t go to a gunfight armed with a knife.

Superior store clerk shoots, wounds robber
By News Tribune on Nov 12, 2015 at 7:41 p.m.

An employee at a Superior business shot and wounded one of two men who attempted to rob the store late Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

t11.12.2015 -- Steve Kuchera -- kucheraSHOOTING1113c1 -- A Superior police officer enters Superior Coin & Currency, 1411 Belknap Street, on Thursday evening. Shortly before 5 p.m. the store clerk shot a robbery suspect. A second suspect fled the scene. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

t11.12.2015 — Steve Kuchera — kucheraSHOOTING1113c1 — A Superior police officer enters Superior Coin & Currency, 1411 Belknap Street, on Thursday evening. Shortly before 5 p.m. the store clerk shot a robbery suspect. A second suspect fled the scene. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com

The Superior Police Department reported that officers responded to Superior Coin & Currency, 1411 Belknap St., just before 5 p.m.

“A robbery attempt … resulted in the store clerk shooting one suspect and another suspect fleeing the scene. Initial reports indicated the robbers were armed with knives,” Superior Police Chief Nicholas Alexander reported in a news release.

The wounded suspect, a 20-year-old male, was transported to a hospital for treatment with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries. The second suspect, an 18-year-old male, was located and taken into custody without incident at about 6:55 p.m., police reported.

Police did not immediately release any information about the store employee, or further details about the shooting.

Superior Coin & Currency is located on the north side of Belknap Street between Hammond and Hughitt avenues, about a block from the city-county government center that houses the Superior Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Two hours after the shooting, five police vehicles remained on the scene, parked on Belknap Street in front of the business. Police tape blocked off the sidewalk on either side of the business as investigators carrying equipment went in and out of the building.

At one point, two investigators with flashlights combed the sidewalk, street gutter and a nearby lawn.

The website for Superior Coin & Currency describes the shop as being in business since 1975 as “Superior’s most efficient and reliable source for buying and exchanging currency and jewelry,” with hours from noon to 5 p.m. each weekday. The robbery was reported just six minutes ahead of the shop’s scheduled closing time.

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