WTOC 11 reports that an attempted armed robbery in Savannah, Georgia, was stopped by the employee. The employee, Jerry Lawrence, says he always carries a gun when he goes anywhere for his own safety. Usually, during working hours, he’d keep the gun in a bag at the back of the store, but since he’d just opened the doors for the day, he hadn’t disarmed yet.
That ended up being very fortunate when, at around 10:20, two individuals walked in. Lawrence was on the phone with the store’s owner at the time. When he turned his back for a moment to walk behind the counter, the would-be robbers revealed their true intentions.
“When I turned my back, all I hear is someone say ‘go ahead and give it up. Turn back around.’ They already have their masks on, gloves on,” Lawrence recalled.
Even more alarmingly for Lawrence, he could see that one of the men had a gun. As you can see in the surveillance video, Lawrence reacted quickly, pulled his own gun and told the men to leave. They backed out of the store.
“When they got to the edge of the street, they kind of acted like they were about to turn around,” said Lawrence. “So, I just fired two warning shots.”
“It was a very traumatizing experience cause, you know, they walked in as customers but turning my back for a few seconds turned into a movie scene really fast.”
For our part, we hope Lawrence will take the experience as a reminder that a gun readily accessible on your person is better than one stowed in a backpack in the corner.