Liquor Store Clerk Loretta Banister, Convinced Not To Quit, Acts To Save Co-Worker's Life During Botched Robbery

If George Bailey had never been born, all the people on that transport would have died. And if Loretta Banister hadn't stayed on for a final shift at work, her co-worker might have faced a similar fate.

Banister was planning on quitting her job at Red Carpet Liquors in Jeffersonville, Ind., on Saturday, but the owner -- her sister -- persuaded her to stay on for a final shift that night. That was lucky for her fellow clerk, Patel Kamleshkumar, after he was shot three times by an armed robber at the store, reports WAVE, the local NBC affiliate.

Banister was just leaving the stockroom when, she said, she spotted a gun pointed over the store's counter at Kamleshkumar and a deep voice yelling "Give me the money." Kamleshkumar doesn't have a full grasp of English, she said, in explaining that he might not have understood his assailant's demand.

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Banister heard four "pops" as the gun fired, with three of its bullets entering Kamleshkumar. "I'd seen the blood coming out of him," Banister told the station. "I'd seen one of the bullet holes that was in his stomach and the blood that was coming out."

She called 911 and pressed the store's panic button, and paramedics soon arrived, whisking Kamleshkumar away to a hospital. He had surgery, and is now reportedly in stable condition.

"I guess there was a reason I had to be there, you know, because if I wasn't there, he wouldn't have known what to do or he could have just laid there," Banister told the TV station.

The police have surveillance video and are still seeking the attacker. Banister now has a whole new reason not to go back to work.



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Peet

While in school during the '80s I worked in a Krauser's in Belmar, NJ. All they gave us for protection was a Louisville Slugger! Yes, a baseball bat!!!! No panic buttons, etc. Now, I am a slight girl. The thought of it all made me cringe so I quit. One week later they were robbed and the clerk got beaten. Krauser's is the equivalent to 7-11. What a crap job, Glad to read this guy will survive his wounds. Anyone who hurts a helpless clerk at one of these stores should get the death penalty. Anyone who robs these people are truly the scum of the earth! Right up there with hurting children, elderly and animals. Just the absolute scum of the earth.

January 04 2013 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dezpirat

You gun nuts are disgusting. Really, just how does a criminal disobey the guy laws? Do they somehow circumvent strict laws that require you to show that you're sane and responsible enough to get a gun by using their amazing cunning? Give me a ******* break. The truth is, these so called laws allow anyone to get a gun and that's how criminals get them.

If I want to drive, I take tests to show I can do it. If someone else takes the test and fails, they don't get to drive. So, using your "logic" as it applies to gun control, you're saying I wouldn't get the license, even though I passed, and the person who didn't pass WOULD get a license.

That's the most incredibly stupid bit of logic I've ever heard.

Also, if you had a gun, you wouldn't have done a dam thing to keep this guy from getting shot. If you weren't quaking with fear, this guy still would have been shot before you could shoot the gunman. You would have probably been shot too.

How about you just stop trying to argue that gun control means law abiding people don't get guns. It's stupid and you know it. In fact, if you argue this, you're more than likely among the people going around shooting everyone.

January 04 2013 at 7:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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moeelmore

In NM up to 50% of drivers, especially illegals and those from the reservations drive with no license and even more have no insurance. You can buy a car as long as you can pay for it. Your logic is way flawed, and criminals cannot legally buy a gun, but they can get them from other criminals and by stealing them. As for being able to intervene, don't apply what you might or might not do to anyone you don't know. Just shows more ignorance. Basically I find your entire post illogical and hard to follow.

January 04 2013 at 7:49 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ncheels015

if only she had a gun, the perp would be the one with a few holes in him instead of her coworker

January 04 2013 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian Workman

Inside Job!?

January 04 2013 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pedro

To tshersheridan: Not beer! Beer does not go well with donuts. They drink coffee with their donuts! LOL! Actually the police are doing the best they can. Here in Texas, where we can own guns, we would have just pulled the shotgun out and held the creeps until the police arrived. Or shot the criminals if necessary. Sometimes you have to defend yourself with lethal force!

January 04 2013 at 3:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
rcalley1

There are always angels amoung us and sometimes they are us.

January 04 2013 at 1:46 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
zapdog4

Do you think the Armed Thief obeyed any Gun laws? Yeah, that's because Gun Law have no affect on Criminals. Chicago, Murder Capitol of America, had 5 Gun deaths in the first 3 days of this New Year, and they have the strictest hand gun regulations in the Country. Laws do not stop Criminals. I just dont understand how that is so hard for so many Americans to comprehend.

January 04 2013 at 10:08 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
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TAMMY

So true!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 04 2013 at 1:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
TRUST GOD

Time for a new job!

January 04 2013 at 10:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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