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Niagara Falls Police: Argument over leaking milk container leads to discharge of gun

Police say the incident began with an argument that left a female customer with a gunshot wound to her upper body.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — A store clerk is facing felony charges after an argument over a leaky milk container resulted in a female customer suffering a gunshot wound. 

Niagara Falls Police were called to the 7/11 on Hyde Park Blvd. around 4 a.m. Tuesday. When they got there, a woman told officers she and her boyfriend got into a confrontation with the clerk after trying to return a leaking container of milk they had just purchased. During the incident which spilled out the front of the store, police say the store clerk allegedly hit the 32-year-old victim over the head with a weapon.

The victim complained of shoulder pain while ambulance crews were treating her for a cut on her head. EMTs noticed she appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound in the area of her body between her neck and shoulder. 

The woman was taken to ECMC for treatment and released. 

Police emphasize they are still investigating and looking at store surveillance video to help determine exactly what happened. They say there could be charges filed against the store clerk but no one has been charged as yet. 

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