A BEER AND A SHOT 

Do you know what sucks? When you go to all the trouble of stealing enough beer to keep you and your buddies three sheets to the Stone Age, and then some uptight convenience store clerk starts harshing your mellow. The easy response, of course, is to harsh them right back, as happened Sunday night in Caldwell, where two minors and one 18-year-old are in custody after a shooting at the Baird Oil convenience store on Simplot Road. According to an grammatically nightmarish interview of the clerk by KTVB, the run-in occurred just after 1 a.m. on the Sabbath, when according to cashier April Hubbard: "I was ringing people, doing my job. Three kids come in and went to the chips and the other by the beer, and I had a feeling that they were going to steal the beer." Steal they did--approximately $70 worth. And if you consider the caliber of brew that teenagers "like" to drink, $70 worth is probably quite a haul.

When Hubbard followed the group out to the parking lot to get a peek at their car, someone inside their minivan took quick action to defend their malty booty, pulling a gun and taking a shot at Hubbard. Seven hours, 18 witness interviews and a flash-bang grenade through a house window later, police were able to haul in two 15-year-olds and 18-year-old Maria Luna, all of whom are facing burglary charges, according to the story. More charges related to the gunfire could be forthcoming.

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