Bulletproof glass saves clerk’s life

Bulletproof glass saved clerk’s life on January 6, 2015 (WISH photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)- Sandeep Singh knew the moment he spotted him that something wasn’t right. Singh works the late shift at a gas station in the 2500 block of Sherman Drive.

Just passed 3:30 Wednesday morning, a man with a hood drawn tightly around his face walked into the gas station. He used a trash can to prop open the door.

He then pulled out a gun. He walked up to Singh and demanded cash.

The gunman started to back up for the exit, but as he did he kept the gun pointed at Singh. Then, without any announcement, the suspect started shooting.

“Thank God the glass saved me today,” said Singh.

The bullet bounced off the glass enclosure, and ripped through a plastic candy container, and into a wall. During an interview, Singh appeared grateful to the gas station owner who invested in a bulletproof glass enclosure for his employees.

“He saved me, thank God, he saved me, he covered everything,” said Singh.

There’s been a push in Indiana to require gas stations with a history of crime to add bulletproof glass enclosures. The proposal would also include improving lighting around gas stations and required staffing minimums during overnight hours.

The proposal failed to gain traction despite the support of State Lawmaker Ed Delaney. The proposal is called Marcy’s Law, which is named after Marcella Birnell.

In 2011, a teenage gunman shot Birnell in the head during a robbery as she worked at a gas station overnight. She survived but she is still struggling to recover from her injures.

There have also been some fatal cases. Like Harry Briggs, who worked the late shift at gas station on the city’s Southwest side. In 2014, Briggs was shot and killed as he worked behind the counter.

Singh added his store has been robbed twice in the past, but there are no leads on who is responsible for this latest crime.

Police were not able to get a clear description of the suspect, because he kept his face covered during the crime.

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS, or 262-8477.

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