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Deli owner is robbed and shot. Again.

ST. PETERSBURG — Six years ago, Narendra Patel was shot in the chest during a robbery at his deli in St. Petersburg.

Patel survived.

On Monday night, Patel was robbed and shot again at his deli. And police and family members said it appears he will survive again.

The robbery Monday occurred about 10:30 p.m. at Patel's Star Deli, 2451 Fifth Ave. N.

Two males, one wielding a gun, barged into the store and robbed Patel, then shot him, police and family members said.

Sunny Patel, the man's nephew, said Patel gave money to the robbers but was shot anyway.

"You give up the money, you're not supposed to be shot," Sunny Patel said. "That's what we always thought."

Police said Narendra Patel was in stable condition at Bayfront Medical Center late Monday night. Police and family members said they expected him to live.

Police did not release descriptions of the robbers late Monday.

Patel survived the shooting in 2002 even though he was hit in the chest. The robber fired two more shots at Patel, but they missed him. The robbers got away with $80.

Three men, including a 19-year-old who fired the gun, were arrested in that robbery.

The shooter, Christopher J. Russell, was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of robbery and attempted murder.

Sunny Patel said he doesn't believe this second shooting will scare his uncle out of the business.

"He didn't quit the last time," he said. "He's not going to give it up this time."

Deli owner is robbed and shot. Again. 12/02/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 6:02pm]
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