Shocking video of an armed robber armed with an elderly California liquor store employee “shooting off his arm” is going viral on social media with more than 700,000 views as of Tuesday.
Fox 11 reported that Craig Cope, 80, the business owner, saw a group of hooded young men with rifles in hand pull into his store at 2:47 a.m. Sunday.
However, Cope had a shotgun ready and was waiting as one of the robbers, described as a 23-year-old man, entered the store with his gun.
A group of armed men approached the store in a stolen BMW
Surveillance video shows Cope quickly grabbing his handgun before shooting directly at the oncoming intruder, while four other suspects armed with guns were waiting in a getaway vehicle outside, according to the report. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
“He shot my arm off! He shot my arm off! ” the robber would scream as he ran away from the store.
The man was shot in the shoulder before running out of the store and back into the black BMW waiting outside, which police believe was stolen.
Footage from outside the store shows the driver of the car narrowly leaving the injured man amid the chaos.
The shop owner had a heart attack immediately after the terrible robbery
However, Cope did not die unharmed after the heroic moment, when suffering a heart attack back inside the store. He was taken to a nearby hospital soon after.
A store employee told ABC7 that Cope “always has a weapon ready in moderation.”
“He was on tiptoe, thank god,” said store employee Marnie Tapia ABC7. “He was just mentally prepared. He always prepares before he has a weapon.”
All suspects are currently in custody after police took them to a local hospital, identifying them from gunshot wounds.
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Suspects have been identified, in custody as the shop owner is expected to return to work
According to police, the men waiting in the car ride were identified as Justin Johnson, 22, of Inglewood, Jamar Williams, 27, of Los Angeles, and Davon Broadus, 24, of Las Vegas.
The man shot was not immediately identified, and is listed in critical but stable condition.
“In this case, a legally armed member of our community stopped violent criminals and ensured their own safety while facing multiple armed suspects,” police said. chief said.
The store owner is expected to return to work despite the incident, according to CBS2.