Surveillance video from the Norco Market & Liquor in Norco, California, captured the moment the elderly store owner shot a would-be robber very early Sunday morning.
The video shows the masked male suspect entering the store with an AR-15-style rifle shortly before 3 a.m. and pointing it directly at the 80-year-old store owner. The assailant repeatedly told the owner to put his “hands in the air,” but the owner ignored him.
Instead, the owner grabbed his shotgun from behind the counter area and fired a single shot at the suspect, hitting him in the arm. The suspect immediately started screaming frantically and ran out of the store, yelling to another armed suspect, “He shot my arm off! He shot my arm off!”
Surveillance from outside the store showed the first and second suspects getting into a car, with two other suspects. All four suspects were later located at a hospital in Southern California, where one was being treated for a gunshot wound.
The other three suspects were found in a stolen BMW SUV with several stolen firearms. The suspects, Justin Johnson, 22, Jamar Williams, 27, and Davon Broadus, 24, were taken into the Robert Presley Detention Center on charges of robbery and conspiracy.
The primary suspect remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition. He will be taken to Riverside County jail when upon discharge. “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,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.