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Local store owners arming themselves for protection

Posted at 7:17 PM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 22:17:13-05
At Campo Market in North Las Vegas toy guns may greet you, but it's the real gun behind the counter that may shock you. 
"They do call me the guy with the gun.. ehh...I don't know if it's a good thing or bad thing," said owner Rafel Shaker. 
Shaker is known for carrying his handgun on his hip everyday.
"If I'm under a knife or gunpoint I have to decide if it's my life or his life. I think it easy for me to decide it's my life," Shaker said. 
That's the decision a vendor in a 7-Eleven had to make Thursday just blocks away from the Campo Market. North Las Vegas Police said the suspect was shot and killed while robbing the 7-Eleven.
Shaker said it is a split decision his employees had to make two years ago. 
"He was trying to open and three guys walked in behind him and he had to defend himself," Shaker said. 
FBI statistics show self-defense shootings are rare. So we asked 13 Action News Crime and Safety Expert and retired Las Vegas police Lt. Randy Sutton what people who could wind up in this position should do.
"We really would like them to cooperate and give the money up and hopefully the individual will walk out and not hurt you, but you could cooperate 100 percent and still get killed," Sutton said. 
Sutton said like any legal carrier, store owners have to know when to shoot for self-defense. 
A decision Shaker said could not only impact himself but his family. 
"I do have a family and I would like to go back home and see my family," Shaker said.