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Real gun trumps fake one in battle between clerk and 16-year-old robber

When a hoodie-clad teen walked into an Illinois market brandishing a weapon, he soon learned he was not the only armed party at his planned robbery. The clerk pulled out a pistol and fired several shots at the young criminal, who ran away and was able to escape injury.

Authorities later revealed that the suspect’s weapon was actually an pellet gun, not a real firearm.

“People are going to get killed as a result of crimes with airsoft guns,” Des Plaines Police Chief Bill Kushner said, “and they’re not going to be the victims, they’re going to be the offenders.”

While the suspect and his alleged accomplice were lucky to make it out alive, both have since been identified using surveillance footage and arrested.

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