SAN ANTONIO - A Southwest Side Dollar General clerk who was shot several times during an attempted robbery Friday night was previously stabbed in a separate robbery that occurred in December 2017, friends said.
Timothy Ramos, 19, was working at the Dollar General store on Southwest Military Drive, near Somerset Road, on Friday when four people came into the store.
San Antonio police said one person held the door open while the other three ran into the store. A preliminary report states three of the four people were armed, two with handguns and one with a rifle.
Police said Ramos got into a fight with the assailant with the rifle and that the two suspects with handguns shot him multiple times.
The robbers got away but didn’t manage to steal any cash.
Ramos was rushed to San Antonio Military Medical Center in critical condition.
Ricardo Romero was waiting on his girlfriend in the parking lot of the Dollar General when he saw the robbery unfold.
“I'm texting and I look up and obviously this guy is holding the door open, and obviously the lookout, and he's looking back, and at the same time, I am processing them ripping off the store, and I started dialing 911 and I hear these gunshots go off,” Romero said.
Romero said that he saw the assailants run from the scene and Ramos limping to the front door to lock up the store.
“I feel sorry for the guy,” Romero said. “He's trying to hold down a job and then he gets shot, you know? That is not right.”
In December 2017, police said 50-year-old Albert Pacheco walked into the Dollar General brandishing a knife and demanding money. In that incident, Ramos' mother said he suffered nearly half a dozen cuts and stab wounds on his face and throat.
Ramos told his mother, Cynthia Jimenez, that he was standing up for his co-workers when he was stabbed.
"He's, like, 'Mom, my co-worker's right next to me,'” Jimenez told KSAT in December. “'The customer was right in front. I had to do it.'"
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