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Two Violent Incidents at Gas Stations Leave Attendant, Attacker Dead

It was a bad night for gas station employees. In the first of two violent altercations, a pair of thieves arrived at RC Petroleum on bikes. After robbing an outside attendant for $30, one entered the station and robbed 28-year-old Lamin Sillah. During the altercation, the robber shot Sillah point blank. He then shot him again, went through the victim's pockets, and took off, reports the Daily News. He has not yet been identified. Sillah did not survive.

A few hours later, a drunk gas station patron had issues with an ATM. After questioning the clerks about the malfunctioning machine, one of the attendants came out to assist him. That's when the 28-year-old drunk attacked the worker. The fight spilled out into the street, where the attendant eventually put his attacker in a choke-hold. At the end of the fight, only the attendant was left standing. The attacker was dead, reports the Daily News.

The murderer at RC Petroleum, if he is identified, could face first degree murder charges. First degree charges can be brought in cases where the murder was done during the commission of a robbery. The penalty is a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of a life sentence.

The attacker
Courtesy of the Daily News - If you recognize this man, call 1-800-577-TIPS

As for the attendant turned gladiator, it seems unlikely at this point that he will face charges. All signs point to self-defense. A person is justified to use as much force as is reasonably necessary to protect themselves from imminent harm. Police are reviewing the surveillance tapes and other evidence but so far, no charges have been filed nor arrests made.

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