An elderly convenience store owner in California is being hailed as a hero after he shot a robber who ran out of the store screaming that his arm had been “shot off”.
Shocking surveillance footage from Norco Market & Liquor in the 2800 block of Clark Avenue in Norco, California, shows a masked attacker entering the business at around 2:47 a.m. with an AR-style rifle -15 pointed at the 80 year old man who owns the shop.
The suspect shouted, “Stand still, raise your hands,” but within seconds the quick-witted store owner pulled his rifle from under the counter and immediately fired a shot at the robber, hitting him in the arm.
The video goes on to show another man getting out of a black BMW SUV, but he stops and turns inside when he sees the first suspect running out of the store repeatedly shouting, “He shot my arm off!”
Riverside County Sheriff officials arrested three suspects – Justin Johnson, 22, of Inglewood, California, Jamar Williams, 27, of Los Angeles, and Davon Broadus, of Las Vegas, Nevada – at a hospital local institute.
Officials said the main suspect, a 23-year-old man, remained in critical but stable condition at the hospital. His identity is being withheld pending discharge from the hospital.
“In this case, a legally armed member of our community stopped violent crime and ensured their own safety, while facing multiple armed suspects,” he said. Riverside County Sheriff said in a press release. “This investigation is active and ongoing and no additional information will be released at this time.”
Employees at Norco Market & Liquor said the owner watched the store’s camera as the SUV entered the parking lot. When he saw the first attacker get out of the SUV and pull the mask over his face, the owner immediately took his rifle.
“He was just mentally prepared… and he was standing right here, aiming and shooting,” store manager Marnia Tapia told Fox11.
The staff said the owner wasn’t at the store on Monday, but Fox11 reported The man suffered a heart attack shortly after the shooting. He is expected to recover and will be discharged from the hospital on Monday night.
Sheriff officials said the SUV used in the robbery was stolen and multiple stolen guns were also found inside the vehicle.
Johnson, Williams and Broadus were placed at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside for robbery and conspiracy. They are being held in prison on 500,000 USD bail.
Officials said the main suspect will also be taken to the facility once he is released from the hospital.