CLEVELAND - For the first time, the public got to see what really happened during a convenience store shooting that ended with the death of a 16-year-old robber, Action News' Ed Gallek reported.
It was video that you could have only seen on Action News.
The security camera videotape shows the crime that sparked debate about self-defense in the neighborhood near East 156th Street and Lakeshore Boulevard, where the store is located.
The prosecutor said that the clerk was justified shooting 16-year-old Alphanza Means on May 14 because Means was carrying a weapon and attempting to rob the store.
The videotape shows Means (pictured, above) wearing a light-colored shirt, waiting by the counter. It then shows him approaching the counter. Seconds later, it shows him pulling out a gun.
Other customers were standing right next to Means. He waved the gun toward them and they ran for cover.
The video shows the clerk motioning like he's going to hand over money to Means, but instead he pulls out a gun and shoots him twice.
You can see the teen stagger outside and see the other customers crawl around for cover in the back of the store.
The tape was the evidence that helped prosecutors decide that the clerk had no choice and that is was a clear case of self-defense.
The teen's mother felt that the clerk didn't need to shoot her son twice, but people at the convenience store said that if someone's threatening your life, you do what you have to do. They said they always felt confident that the tape would support the clerk, and the prosecutor agreed.
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