An elderly California convenience store owner is being hailed a hero after shooting a would-be thief who ran from the store screaming that his arm had been ‘shot’.
Shocking surveillance footage of Norco Market & Liquor at the 2800 block of Clark Avenue in Norco, Calif., showed a masked assailant entering the business around 2:47 a.m. with an AR-15 style rifle pointed at the man in 80 years old. store owner.
Suspect yelled ‘Freeze, hands up’ but within seconds the quick-witted shop owner pulled his own gun from under the counter and immediately shot the thief once, hitting him to the arm.
Video footage further showed another man getting out of a black BMW SUV, but he pulled over and got back inside the vehicle once he saw the first suspect exit the store shouting at several times: “He pulled my arm!”
Riverside County Sheriff’s officials arrested three suspects – Justin Johnson, 22, of Inglewood, Calif., Jamar Williams, 27, of Los Angeles and Davon Broadus, of Las Vegas, Nevada – at a local hospital.
The prime suspect, a 23-year-old man, remained in critical but stable condition in hospital, officials said. His identity is withheld pending discharge from hospital.
“In this case, a legally armed member of our community prevented a violent crime and provided for their own safety, while being confronted by multiple armed suspects,” the Riverside County Sheriff said in a news release. “This investigation is active and ongoing and no additional information will be released at this time.”
Norco Market & Liquor employees said the owner watched store cameras as the SUV pulled into the parking lot. Once he saw the first assailant get out of the SUV and put a mask on his face, the owner immediately went to get his gun.
“He just got ready…and he just stood there, took aim and fired,” store manager Marnia Tapia told Fox11.
Employees said the owner was not at the store on Monday, but Fox11 reported the man suffered a heart attack shortly after the shooting. He is expected to recover and be discharged from the hospital on Monday evening.
Sheriff officials said the SUV used in the attempted robbery was stolen and numerous stolen firearms were also found inside the vehicle.
Johnson, Williams and Broadus were incarcerated at the Robert Presley detention center in Riverside for robbery and conspiracy. They are being held in jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.
The prime suspect will also be reserved at the facility once he is discharged from hospital, officials said.
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