David Pirkola, owner of Apparitions Comics and Books in Kentwood, MI wasshot in a a robbery on Friday evening . Pirkola is in critical but stable condition. According to the police, a man entered the store abut 7 pm, demanded money, shot Pirkola and fled.
The police are still investigating the crime, and anyone with information is urged to contact them.
UPDATE: More on efforts to help Pirkola:
“This isn’t something you do to get rich,” said Peter Ryan, who is one of the partners in the Kentwood store as well as another store in Lansing.
He said most comic book store owners are fans who turned their love of the medium into a business, but one that operates with tight margins. It is a job that rarely comes with perks like comprehensive health plans, so an Internet site has been set up to collect money to be used for health costs and also to help Pirkola keep the store open.
On comic book-related Web sites, word of the robbery has been passed nationwide. Ronald Richards, of San Francisco, offered to use his comic book Web site as a host site for the account set up for Pirkola.