A 57-year-old father and grandfather stopped off on his way home from work Monday night to fill a grocery list his wife left for him that morning.But after entering the Dollar General at 1921 Dunn Ave., he was thrust into an armed robbery that ended with him firing his weapon and one of the two robbers lying dead on the floor.Two men entered the store about 9:20 p.m., both with handguns, said Lt. Rob Schoonover of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.“One of them had the clerk and one of them was at the front cash register,” Schoonover said.The manager then alerted the customer to the situation.“The customer, who had a concealed firearms permit and a firearm, fired at the suspect, striking him apparently two times, killing him,” Schoonover said.The other robber, wearing a blue bandana and gloves, ran out the front and fled eastbound on Dunn Avenue in a small sport-utility vehicle. . .
The man, who the Times-Union is not identifying because the other robber has not been caught, knew well how to use his gun, according to his family.“He’s always been a marksman,” his wife said. “He shoots in competitions, but this is the first time he’s ever killed anyone and I don’t know how he’ll handle that.”The store was equipped with video surveillance and the man was being taken in for questioning, but he’s not being charged, Schoonover said.“The citizen did not get shot, none of the employees were hurt, this worked out good tonight,” Schoonover said.