The lady at the Kum and Go counter in Humboldt tried to be pleasant to the robber that night. He wanted smokes and cash. She handed them over. So he shot her dead.
He was in practice. An hour earlier he killed a another nice lady at an Algona convenience store.
Of course this makes me think of a fellow luckier than the two unarmed convenience store clerks. That good citizen forgot to obey his employer's (Walgreen's) Compromise Policy. His punishment was less permanent.
'course, the Humboldt/Algona killer kid (17) had a pretty good excuse. Earlier in his recent adventures he had swiped a pack of ramen noodles and feared getting caught. So he stole a family gun and his mom's SUV and took off for Mexico, or maybe Amsterdam, via my neighborhood.
And a technical note if you please: The first version of the Register story had the young man armed with a 40 mm handgun. Bofor long, multiple layers of fact checking and editorial oversight (which is to say a wry reader comment) prompted a correction to .40 caliber.