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STORE CO-OWNER: "My First Instinct Was I Wasn't Ready To Die"

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The co-owner of a store who was shot yesterday during a robbery says he believed the robbers intended to kill him.

Scott Esposito was released from Vidant Medical Center last night after being shot in the upper left leg. He owns The Filling Station on Highway 11 in Lenoir County with his father.

The business was held up around 11:00 a.m. Wednesday when three men came into the business. Esposito tells WITN News that the three didn't ask for money, instead said they were going to take his life.

The victim says the robbers didn't have masks on, so he could identify them. Esposito said that's why he believed them, so he fought back.

"My first instinct was I wasn't ready to die, you know so, I ended up hitting the one guy," Esposito told WITN's Lynnette Taylor. "I grabbed the guy who had the gun and I wrestled a little bit. The guy, the third guy, grabbed me and when he grabbed me, that took and he shot me."

Esposito didn't realize he was shot at first, but then felt blood running down his leg. He was thankful that he had a phone in his pocket so he could call for help.

The robbers ended up getting no money.

Sheriff Chris Hill says they're now offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the case.

The robbers are described as three black men, two were wearing ball caps, the other with dreadlocks. They were driving a dark blue Chevy Caprice with a large Chevy emblem in the back glass.

Anyone with information should call the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office at 252-559-6140.


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A store owner who was shot Wednesday morning during a robbery is out of the hospital.

Scott Esposito was working at The Filling Station on Highway 11 in Lenoir County around 11:00 a.m. when three robbers came into the business. Esposito was wounded in the leg and taken to Vidant Medical Center for treatment.

Sheriff Chris Hill says they continue to look for three black men, two were wearing ball caps, the other with dreadlocks. They were driving a dark blue Chevy Caprice with a large Chevy emblem in the back glass.


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Authorities are searching for three gunmen who robbed a Lenoir County business and shot a co-owner.

Sheriff Chris Hill tells WITN News that the worker was shot in the leg, but did not appear to have life-threatening injuries. An uncle told WITN on Wednesday that Scott Esposito has been taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville where he's now in stable condition.

Vidant officials said by Thursday morning, Esposito had been treated and released from the hospital.

It happened shortly after 11:00 a.m. at The Filling Station on Highway 11 and Bland Howell Road, south of Kinston. Family members say Esposito and his father own the business.

Sheriff Hill said they are looking for three black men, two were wearing ball caps, the other with dreadlocks. They were driving a dark blue Chevy Caprice with the Chevy emblem in the back glass.


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