Situational awareness can save lives, and an 80-year-old store owner protected himself by being vigilant and seeing the attack coming on the store’s security cameras. “He shot my arm off!,” screamed one of the well-armed (I mean, he was well-armed until one was blown off), would-be robbers in the security camera video below:
According to latimes.com…
Surveillance video shows several people arriving in a black SUV at the Norco Market & Liquor in the 800 block of Sixth Street around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
One of the would-be robbers enters the store with a rifle drawn, but seconds later, the store owner steps behind a glass display case and fires a single shot. The suspect immediately retreats to a waiting vehicle, repeatedly shouting: “He shot my arm off!”
In an interview with Fox 11 Los Angles, Norco store owner Craig Cope says that he saw the red flags when these men approached. Cope was watching security footage and saw that the robbers “didn’t park where a normal person would park” then moving to the side of the building out of sight.
Cope then saw them get out of the car with ”gloves, masks, weapons” and knew what was about to happen. He prepared himself and didn’t hesitate explaining that if you point a gun at him he won’t wait on the police.
The would-be robbers have been arrested except for the one who was shot. He’s in the hospital receiving treatment. However, once he is released he will be under arrest too.
Shortly after the shooting, Cope suffered from a minor heart attack but recovered a few days later, saying he plans to continue to run the store and if any robbers are out, “this isn’t a good place to pick.”
NORCO, Calif. (AP) — A man armed with a rifle was shot by a quick-acting convenience store owner who pulled a shotgun out from behind the counter and opened fire during an attempted robbery in Southern California.
The faceoff was recorded by surveillance cameras at the convenience store around 2:45 a.m. Sunday in Norco, a city that bills itself as “Horsetown USA.”
Four suspects, their faces covered, pulled up to the business in a BMW SUV and walked inside the store with their rifles pointed, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
The owner grabbed a shotgun and fired one round from behind the counter, according to video aired by KCBS-TV. An employee identified the owner as an 80-year-old man to the TV station.
The suspects fled as one screamed, “He shot my arm off, he shot my arm off!”
The sheriff’s department commended the employee’s actions.
“In this case, a lawfully armed member of our community prevented a violent crime and ensured their own safety, while being confronted with multiple armed suspects,” according to a statement.
Authorities found the injured suspect in a hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound that appeared to be from a shotgun blast. The other three suspects were found at the hospital in the BMW, which had been previously reported as stolen. Law enforcement found stolen guns in the SUV.
Three suspects were arrested and booked on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy. They are being held on $500,000 bail.
The main suspect remained in the hospital in critical but stable condition. He will be booked into jail after he is released from the hospital.