Outside, meanwhile, Wright and McGhee pulled stockings over their heads and picked up their weapons. They then stormed through the door to the gas station – but they were met with resistance. As Patterson attempted to fight off the robbers, however, McGhee fired his Winchester rifle. The shot hit the valiant father.
Patterson crumpled to the ground, and Wright and McGhee subsequently fled the scene with just $70 in cash. But rather than dwell on their crime, they instead headed to a local inn, where Wright played games and dined on cheeseburgers. Then, only two days after the shooting, Walter Patterson tragically succumbed to his injuries and passed away.