Bandits accosted Greenville, South Carolina, store owner
Gene Stephens outside his home and ordered him back inside where
they forced Stephens and his wife to lay face-down on the kitchen
floor. As one robber searched the house, the other two stood over
the fearful couple pointing a gun at them. When one of the suspects
turned the lights out, Stephens glanced up and noticed the
gun-wielding crook had been distracted. He pulled his gun from his
waistband and fired a "literal shot in the dark." The suspects
fled, one of them eventually turning up in a hospital, where he
died. The dead man's brother was later arrested as an accomplice.
Police believe the group may be linked to the ambush murder of
another city businessman three weeks earlier.
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