A semi-automatic rifle-wielding masked assailant came into a Norco market, forcing the 80-year-old owner to raise his hands. However, the liquor shop owner used his shotgun to shoot the assailant, sending the accused robber fleeing from the business at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, July 31.
The video obtained by KTLA shows that the man screaming “He shot my arm off! He shot my arm off!” as He rushes outside to the parking lot and jumps into a dark-colored SUV, which speeds away almost leaving behind one person.
The Authorities of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said that the self-defense act happened early Sunday at Norco Market & Liquor in the 800 block of Sixth Street in Norco, just east of Los Angeles. Noting that there are four suspects, who were discovered at a hospital and later arrested for trying to rob the store, including a 23-year-old man who has a shotgun blast-consistent gunshot wound that was in critical but stable condition.
The other three suspects were discovered inside the suspect car, which police claim was reported stolen. Hospital officials notified the sheriff’s department when the man came in seeking treatment, the release said.
Justin Johnson, 22, of Inglewood, California; Jamar Williams, 27, of Los Angeles; and Davon Broadus, 24, of Las Vegas, were arrested on charges of robbery and conspiracy.
According to Sheriff’s officials, “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.”
A woman named Marnie, who works for the store’s owner, 80-year-old Craig Cope said, “It’s not his first rodeo, He saw on the surveillance, he saw them coming out of the vehicle with weapons.”
“I’m proud to call him my boss,” Marnie said, “He makes us feel better about being here, you know.”
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