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Lake City convenience store murder unsolved going on five years

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LAKE CITY, Fla. -- The family of Paula Raulerson is still waiting for leads to find out who pulled the trigger on her, robbing them of a loved one nearly five years ago.

Raulerson, 56, was closing up the Joy America Food store on July 22, 2008 near Interstate 10 when a man entered, later pulling a gun.

Investigators say the woman did everything right, handing over the cash.

Security cameras captured the 20 seconds of terror that ended with two shots fired and the suspect fleeing out the front door.

In 2009, more convenience store clerks across the country were murdered than police officers.

Scott Wiggins has more than two decades working behind the counter at Dunn Food on Dunn Avenue and knows all about the danger.

"We've been robbed twice in 25 years of business. The gun actually pointed close to my head," said Wiggins.

In this stor,e employees are allowed to carry weapons, which is legal.

"It's really worked out for us over the years," said Wiggins.

Wesley Kelley, who also works the counter, is a believer in being armed.

"Criminals want to pick on easy prey," he said. "They don't want to pick on someone who is going to hurt them."

Kelley said he hopes he never has to use his gun.

In the Raulerson case, the passage of time has not helped investigators in developing leads. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office says the case is still active.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Columbia County. The number is 386-754-7099. Callers are able to remain anonymous.

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