Store owner shoots after
armed robber aims at his wife, sister
Originally ran here
Manchester, New Hampshire -- Maybe
the gunman thought the two sweet-mannered, over-60 women who were working behind
the Baroody’s Market checkout counter Wednesday night would be easy prey.
"Store owner shoots after armed robber aims at his wife, sister"
By NANCY MEERSMAN, Union Leader Staff
August 3, 2001
He didn’t count on the sudden
appearance of 73-year-old Robert Baroody, who had been sitting, unseen, nearby,
and in an instant stood alongside the gunman, face to face, gun to gun.
“Don’t point a gun at my
family. That’s when you’ve crossed the line,” Baroody said yesterday.
“I told him to hold it right
there,” Baroody said, admitting he fully expected the gunman to fire. “When
someone points a gun at you he intends to use it, as far as I’m concerned.”
Baroody aimed his .38-caliber
pistol and fired. Over the man’s head.
“Something just made me pull
the gun up. I didn’t want to shoot him,” he said.
Tape now covers two gunshot holes
in the glass front door to Baroody’s Market, 392 Massabesic St. in Manchester.
The gunman ran for his life
through that door and disappeared into the night on foot.
Loyal customers were dropping by
all day yesterday to tell Baroody, his wife, Jackie, and sister, Virginia
Pichette, that they were glad they were all right and to say, “Good for
“I never realized how many
friends we have in this neighborhood,” Baroody said.
A bouquet came from neighbors
with the message “God Bless All of You.”
Baroody won’t be subject to
repercussions for his actions.
“None, whatsoever,” said
Deputy Police Chief James Stewart. “It’s still under investigation, but as
far as we can see he had every right in the world to defend his family.”
Stewart said Baroody, a
soft-spoken, mild-mannered man, is a person who looks out for his neighbors.
“He’s a very concerned
citizen who cares very much about his neighborhood and the people who live in
it,” he said.
Sgt. Lloyd Doughty said police
believe their composite drawing of the suspect is a good likeness.
Doughty is asking anyone who saw
the man or might know something about him to contact detectives at 668-8711, or
make an anonymous call to the Manchester Crime Line, 624-4040.
The robber wore his hair in corn
rows or dreadlocks. He was wearing a white T-shirt and a dark-colored bandanna
covered his face.
His height is estimated at about
5-feet-4 to 5-feet-6 inches tall; his build medium to heavy.
Pichette said the gunman was
yelling for her to “get the money out. All of it. Hurry.”
Hands shaking, she tried to empty
the cash drawer with the gun pointed at her.
Mrs. Baroody said the robbery
seemed unreal; she felt like she was in a trance.
“His mask was falling down, and
he’s trying to pick it up and hold it.”
She said the gun was large,
black and had a square appearance. “I don’t think he’d have hesitated but
to use it,” she said.
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