Another round of violence at scene of deadly gas station robbery attempt

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CANTON, Ohio- More gunshots are fired at a gas station that was the scene of a deadly robbery attempt less than two weeks ago.  Two suspects were killed, another is behind bars and the injured clerk is still recovering.

Fresh bullet holes mark the Marathon gas station on 9th Street, southwest in Canton.

According to a police report, someone fired shots into the building. Two pierced the wall, another hit a marquee out front and several more bullets ripped through a gas pump.  It happened around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, after the gas station had closed.

"I don't know if it's retaliation or somebody just picked up where the other guys left off, but we've had at least two other incidents after the actual robbery," said employee, Rich Smith.

On September 22, Canton police said three men stormed into the Marathon to rob it at gunpoint, shooting the clerk.  The 23-year-old clerk fired back, which sent the men running outside.

"Lance always carried on the outside, open view, we all feel it's more of a good visual deterrant to try to stop this kind of thing," Smith said.

Investigators said Ronnie Lawson, 21, and Antonio Gracia, 23, who were struck by bullets, collapsed and died nearby.

Tuesday, Darnell Newman, 19, alleged to be the third robber, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and complicity to felonious assault.

"They had no business coming in here with guns trying to rob the place. It's a shame that it's brought so much negative attention down here," said customer, Charles Copeland.

"It's wrong for somebody to come in here and shoot like that, especially when you got a whole bunch of kids in this neighborhood," said customer, Mike O'Brian.

Last Friday, someone tossed a brick through the front window of the Marathon.  It happened just hours after the clerk's co-workers held a fundraiser to help him pay medical bills and raise his young daughter.

Co-workers said more fundraisers are in the works, including a rally this Saturday, sponsored by the organization "Open Carry Ohio" and a poker run a week later on October 11.

"He's doing well. He's healing. He's got a lot of rehab to look forward to, physical rehab. His spirits are high and he's doing well," said Smith.

Canton police said they are investigating the incidents.  Smith said the store was able to provide detectives with surveillance video, that could help offer some clues.

Click here for more on the shooting investigation.

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