An 80-year-old store clerk defended his shop with gunfire against multiple armed robbers on Sunday, as they were attempting to enter his store in Norco, California — leaving one suspect screaming, “He shot my arm off!”
At 2:45 A.M., the four suspects approached in a black BMW SUV and pulled into the parking lot of Norco Market & Liquor armed with a rifle. One of the suspects entered the store with the rifle, raising it toward the store clerk according to Fox 11.
The elderly man responded by drawing his shotgun hidden behind the counter and opened fire on the criminal — striking him in the arm.
The robber retreated out of the store and back into his vehicle where his fellow suspects sped off, nearly leaving one of the gang behind. “He shot my arm off. He shot my arm off,” the robber reportedly shouted as he made a mad dash from the store.
“The suspects were located at a hospital in the Southern California region, one of whom was suffering from a gunshot wound consistent with a shotgun blast,” according to a press release by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “Three additional suspects were also located at the hospital in the suspect vehicle, which had been previously reported stolen.”
Justin Johnson, 22, Jamar Williams, 27, and Davon Broadus, 24, were each taken into custody by the hospital parking lot and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center, for robbery and conspiracy.
“The primary suspect, a 23-year-old male, remains hospitalized in critical, but stable condition, and his identity has not been released at this time. He will be booked into a Riverside County jail upon his release from the hospital,” the press release added.
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“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,” the police concluded.