Earl Ward, a 64-year-old Tampa, Fla., liquor store clerk,
flatly refused when a knife-wielding robber entered the store and
demanded money. Enraged, the would-be thief stabbed Ward four times.
But the injured cashier drew a gun from under the counter and shot
the assailant in the throat and abdomen. Ward was in serious
condition; his attacker's condition was listed as critical.
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