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Seeing an armed thief in a store, the man took a gun from under the counter and opened fire. The rest of the robbers did not have time to enter the premises and fled.
In the American town of Norco, California, an 80-year-old store owner was able to fight back armed robbers and fired at one of them with a gun. The Los Angeles Times writes about this.
It is reported that in the middle of the night to Norco Market & Liquor was driven by four armed men in an SUV. First, a man entered the store, holding a weapon in his hands. Noticing this, 80-year-old convenience store owner James Craig Cope quickly pulled a shotgun from under the counter and opened fire on the robber.
The thief ran out of the store and yelled that he had been shot in the arm. Surveillance cameras show that at that moment another armed robber was standing in the yard. They both quickly got into the car and drove away.
After that, the three suspects were found by the police near a nearby hospital. As it turned out, the car they were in was stolen. A fourth burglar has been hospitalized with a gunshot wound, police said.
Riverside County Attorney's Office charged the three men with attempted robbery, elder abuse and carrying stolen loaded guns in public. All have pleaded not guilty to the charges and are being held in custody. The suspects may be released on bail of $500,000.
The main suspect, 23-year-old DaShawn Lee Belvin, remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition. After leaving the hospital, he will be sent to the Riverside County Jail. Along with the above charges, he was also charged with assault with a firearm. The investigation into the shooting continues.
Police said the elderly store owner had the right to open fire on the robbers to prevent “violent crimes” and ensure his own safety.
After the incident, James Craig Cope was taken to hospital with a heart attack, but now back to work.