Clay Township store manager nearly hit by gunman's shot

Gunman fires shot at Clay Township store manager as he reached for his own gun

Published On: Jan 21 2013 06:02:09 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 21 2013 07:39:30 PM EST
CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

The manager of a Clay Township party store found himself dodging gunfire Sunday night as two gunmen stormed into his store and one of them fired his weapon.

Surveillance video from Sam's Party store on Stone Road shows two men wearing ski masks charge in. One of the men fired a shot from his semi-automatic handgun in the direction of store manager Richard Parker.

Parker reached for his own weapon as he prepared to shoot back. However, the men took off, and so did Parker. He headed for the back of the store to take cover.

"I was thinking somebody is playing a prank," Parker said. "It happened so fast. You don't have time to think."

He was working alone in the store.

"One guy had darted behind the popcorn machine and the ice cream machine and the other guy decided to head for the door," he said. "They realized things were going to get bad."

The bullet came within inches of hitting Parker. He said he is glad he was armed.

"(Because) you don't know what would happen. If I didn't have a weapon, how long would he be in the store? Would he just take money? You don't know," Parker said.

Police need help finding the suspects. One of the men was 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue Carhartt pants and black shoes.

The other man was wearing a navy blue sweatshirt, gray cargo pants and white shoes.

"We need people to come forward if they know anything about it," said Parker.


Parker reached for his own weapon as he prepared to shoot back. However, the men took off, and so did Parker. He headed for the back of the store to take cover.