Two armed robbers entered a gun store in Georgia and only one got out alive as the store owner took out his own gun in self-defense, shot one of the robbers dead, and sent the other out running, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.
The incident was caught on surveillance camera at the Dixie Gun and Pawn in Mableton, Georgia. The two thugs came into the store with ski masks covering their faces to hold up the store owned by 64-year-old Jimmy Groover.
First, the thugs pointed their weapons at a store employee with his hands in the air. That’s when Groover jumped into action and shot his own weapon at the robbers, killing one and sending the other on the run.
Groover spoke out about the incident that occurred at 11 a.m. on Dec. 26. with himself, an employee, and two customers in the building.
“Get down on the floor, get down on the floor or I’ll kill you,” Groover said the armed robbers told him. “Then they shot at me.”
“I had no other choice. I had no other choice. I hate that it happened,” Groover told 11Alive. “I’ve been doing this 30 years. Nothing like this has ever happened. I never wanted this to happen but I want to go home at night, too.”
This is not the first time this gun and pawn shop has been burglarized. In fact, it’s happened around 20 times. Groover has added security cameras, bars on the windows and keeps all guns in safes at night in efforts to thwart would-be-criminals.
But police said these two suspects acted in broad daylight and friends and family call it tragic for everyone.
Detectives told 11Alive’s Duffie Dixon it is unlikely the owner of this shop will be charged because he acted in self-defense.
The other suspect is still on the run and is wanted by police.
You can watch the video below but be forewarned, it is graphic:
Thank God Groover had a weapon to protect himself and those in his store against criminals that wished to do them harm.
God bless Groover, his family, and everyone who witnessed the situation. Because he was able to exercise his Second Amendment right and was prepared to do so, a bad situation was kept from being much worse.