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The Town Talk, Alexandria, LA, 06/21/04

Sunday, August 1, 2004

Samuel 'Lucky' Parker didn't live up to his name when he was shot and killed during a store robbery -- his second of the night. Parker had robbed a Texaco station just a half hour before entering the Sunrise Mart. Near closing time, Tamer Abdulwahab and his cousin, Abdulwahab Zeidan, were standing at the counter. Parker entered wearing dark clothing, a face mask, and a single glove. Abdulwahab thought it was some sort of prank until the masked man pulled a gun, aimed it at his cousin, and demanded money. Abdulwahab slipped out of sight long enough to draw his own gun and point it at Parker. Zeidan had been frozen behind the register, but when Parker cocked his gun, Zeidan slipped and fell. Parker then fired several shots, which hit the cash register just above Zeidan's head. Abdulwahab fired at Parker, striking him twice. Realizing his luck had run out, Parker fled the store. Authorities later found his body in a nearby ditch. Neither cousin was injured, and when police recovered Parker's pistol, they found it had jammed after he fired five rounds. "He was shooting at my cousin, my blood," said Abdulwahab. "We are lucky to be here."
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