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Stedman Jewelry Owner Talks About Robbery, Being Shot

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STEDMAN, N.C. — The jewelry store owner who was shot during a holdup this week is speaking out. Harry Parker said he feels luckier than a man hitting the lottery.

It has been an emotional week for Parker as he recovers both physically and emotionally from an armed robbery. He was in his jewelry store in Stedman Monday afternoon when someone came in and shot him.

"When I looked up, the gun was pointed at me and he shot it," he said. "I just could not believe that I was shot."

Parker was shot in the side of his stomach.

"I was pleading with him. I knew if he hit me with that thing again, I was done. I knew it was over. I saw the end," Parker said.

"My heart dropped. I thought the worst at first and immediately left school. I do not know how I got to our store," said Edith Parker, Harry's wife.

State troopers arrested Leforice Blue in connection with the robbery, but they believe the actual gunman is still out there.

Parker said he has always enjoyed the jewelry business, but now he does not know if he wants to go back.


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