It is common knowledge that the Christmas holiday season tends to bring out the worst sort of criminals who will exploit the typical cheery disposition of most people in order to enrich themselves, at times via a display of wanton violence.
It would appear that just such an event was on the verge of happening in a small gun and pawn shop in Georgia on the day after Christmas, but the two would-be robbers who entered the store with the intention of stealing the guns made a miscalculation in not assuming that the owner would be armed as well, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
Surveillance camera footage showed the two thugs enter the store with handguns, wearing ski masks and gloves while carrying what appeared to be empty backpacks, most likely for holding all the loot they wrongly anticipated they’d be grabbing. An employee at the wrong end of their guns wisely placed his hands in the air in submission to the armed robbers.
But 64-year-old shop owner Jimmy Groover had his own gun on his hip, and he quickly engaged in a gun fight with the two robbers, dropping one of them fatally with a couple of hits while the downed thug’s accomplice rapidly turned tail and exited the store.
You can watch video of the incident right here, and notice, all of the action takes place in less than 5 seconds. That’s how quickly a life can turn upside down when criminals with guns enter the picture. If it hadn’t been for Groover’s training and presence of mind, he might have been the dead one, rather than the gunman who tried to rob his store.
Caution: Graphic violence.
According to WXIA, the robbers entered the Dixie Gun and Pawn in Mableton, Georgia, around 11 a.m., catching the owner, a fellow employee and two customers by surprise.
Cobb County police have been investigating the attempted robbery and searching for the surviving gunman, who reportedly fled in a silver Dodge Magnum.
WMAZ reported that, upon entering the store, the robbers shouted, “Get down on the floor, get down on the floor or I’ll kill you!” Groover said, “Then they shot at me.”
“I had no other choice. I had no other choice. I hate that it happened,” he told WXIA. “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.”
Unfortunately, this was not the first time thieves attempted to rob Groover’s store, as it had previously been robbed at least 20 times, according to WXIA, prompting Groover to install the surveillance cameras and bars on the windows, and to stow away all of his firearms merchandise in safes at the end of every workday.
Thankfully, it is highly unlikely that Groover will face any charges for his actions, as police noted that his shooting was clearly in self-defense and under imminent threat of death or grievous bodily harm.
One of those two thugs learned an eternal lesson that day, and won’t be committing any more crimes, ever. His buddy, on the other hand, remained at large, though hopefully he will reconsider his own life of crime after watching his friend’s criminal career get cut short in a hail of bullets.
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