- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The owner of a convenience store where a clerk disarmed a shotgun-wielding man now says the worker is still employed at the store.

7-Eleven store owner Abdul Ayub told The Frederick News-Post (https://bit.ly/29UDjpU) on Wednesday that not only was Joseph Layman not fired, but he also got a raise and was promoted to a manager.

Ayub had initially told the newspaper Tuesday that Layman would be terminated for violating company policy after the clerk confronted the armed suspect July 12. But Ayub said he made a “mistake” in saying Layman was fired after growing frustrated with the number of phone calls his store received from media outlets.

Ayub says his 7-Eleven store near Frederick isn’t a corporate location, meaning owners make all decisions regarding the hiring or termination of employees.

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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, https://www.fredericknewspost.com

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