California store owner shoots robber armed with semi-automatic rifle
California store owner shoots robber armed with semi-automatic rifle

A store owner in California went up against would-be robbers armed with a rifle- and sent one of the bandits packing with an arm full of lead.

The encounter took place at Norco Market & Liquor on the 31st of June at around 2:47 in the morning, and was caught on security cameras.

The store owner was initially surprised when a masked man entered the building armed with a semiautomatic carbine, but quickly took action.

Pulling a shotgun from under the counter, the proprietor opened fire, peppering the bandit’s arm with lead balls.

The robber screamed that his arm was “shot off,” and fled to a BMW SUV outside.

“He shot my arm off!” he squealed as he made his escape.

According to the New York Post, the bandit was later admitted to a hospital and arrested on site, along with two accomplices.

In a rare move for California law enforcement, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office defended the store owner.

“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 Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “This investigation is active and ongoing and no additional information will currently be released.”

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