Brooklyn store clerk shot trying to grab gun from robber

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EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn – Hours after he was shot while defending his Brooklyn store from armed robbers, a clerk is back at work Monday morning with a new lease on life.

“It wasn’t my time,” Nashwan Seid said of the encounter that could’ve ended much worse.

The owner of a deli on New Lots Avenue in East New York, Seid was working Sunday when, at about 11 p.m., two men entered the store and pulled out a gun, police said.

This was the first time Seid, 35, had ever been robbed. Instinctually, he grabbed the attacker’s gun because he “thought it was a fake,” but in the struggle, the firearm went off. Seid was shot in the hip and his hand was grazed by a bullet.

The robbers demanded cash and made off with about $400 and cigarettes, Seid said. They fled in a black Honda, police said. No arrests have been made.

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