“He said, ‘Nobody move!’” said William Avaloa. “I was really nervous because you never know what’s going to happen.” That’s how the owner of a convenience store in Chesterfield, Virginia described a attempted robbery Saturday night just before closing after storms had knocked out his power. As nbc12.com quotes him, “I said, ‘You don’t move! Put your gun down, or I’m going to kill you! Down! Down! Down! Down!’” What he had on his hands was a standoff. And as he so accurately observed, in a situation like that, you don’t know what’s going to happen . . .
The daring move triggered the robber guarding the door to take off. The other suspect relinquished his gun on the counter. Niko, 17, William’s soon-to-be stepson, immediately grabbed it. His brother, Joshua, took hold of another shotgun mounted on the wall. “The guy (robber) basically ran out of the store,” said Joanna Rivera, Avaloa’s fiancé and mother of Niko and Joshua.
Whew. We’re not sure we could have shown the restraint Avaloa did while staring down the muzzle of a robber’s gun.
Avaloa says the weapons at he and his fiance’s store protect his family, and the life he’s trying to help provide them. “I don’t like to hurt anybody. I’m over here to work hard to make money to help my family,” said Avaloa, originally from El Salvador.
We don’t know what gun laws in El Salvador are like, William, but we’re glad you now live in a place where you have the right to own a gun to protect your store and your family. Just sayin’.