TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The mother of a A 21-year-old convenience store clerk -- who was shot Monday morning by two armed robbers -- says she can't understand why they would shoot her son.
Around 4 a.m. Monday, the two men pointed handguns at the clerk and demanded money.
The clerk followed their orders, but as the suspects were leaving they shot the clerk twice.
"My heart stopped, my heart stopped," said the victim's mother about hearing the news.
The shooting happened at the Exxon Convenience Store on the corner of 4700 South, 2200 West.
"To take somebody's life for this, it makes no sense," she said.
ABC4 is not identifying the mother or her son, because police say the two suspects who fled should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.
The 21-year-old was shot twice and is recovering in the hospital. He was able to tell police, and his mother, what happened.
"He was down trying to open the safe, trying to prove to them that he couldn't open the safe," said his mother.
Her son gave them the limited amount of cash in the register. But, she says, the two suspects wanted access to the safe.
"He is not violent in any manner. He would have never offered these people any aggression," said the victim's mother.
"When he couldn't open the safe, they became angry--and frustrated," she said.
As they were leaving, they shot him from feet away.
"The bullet meant for his heart shattered his wrist instead," she said.
"The second bullet went in through his right thigh and shattered his femur," she added.
He spent the day in surgery and is now in stable condition, she said.
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