The gun rights folks on the 'Net have been buzzing about this story which is, I'm proud to say, from the great state of Alabama: Customer Halts Armed Robbery Inside Family Dollar Store, Mobile, Ala.
Two employees of a Family Dollar store in Mobile, Ala. were unloading a truck, when a pair of armed robbers approached them.One of the criminals forced one of the employees to the front of the store, past terrified customers, and demanded that the employee open the safe. Upon witnessing the robbery, one customer drew a gun and fired at the thief, striking him and causing his accomplice to flee.Following the incident, another customer inside the store during the robbery spoke with reporters and thanked the armed citizen, stating, “”I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart and God bless you.” (WPMI, Mobile, Ala. 11/13/13)
But that ain't the whole story:
Yep, you read that headline correctly:
The family of a suspected thief is lashing out after their son was shot during an armed robbery.Relatives of Adric White, 18, believe the Good Samaritan who opened fire should have “just left the store.”
Oh, yeah. Of course. The story continues:
The Good Samaritan, who we are not identifying, told FOX10 News he was shopping at the Family Dollar on Stanton road when he noticed a masked gunman leading one of the employees to the front of the store.“He had the gun to his head. He had him on his knees,” said the man. “I drew my gun on him and I said 'Hey don't move.' At that point he swung around and before he had a chance to aim the gun at me I fired. I didn’t want to shoot him.”White was transported to USA Medical Center, where he remains in police custody.A family member who did not want to be identified said White should have never been shot to begin with.“If his (the customer) life was not in danger, if no one had a gun up to him, if no one pointed a gun at him - what gives him the right to think that it's okay to just shoot someone?” said the relative. “You should have just left the store and went wherever you had to go in your car or whatever.”FOX10 had interviewed White’s parents but they later called and demanded the video not be aired.Court records show that White was out on bond for robbing The Original Oyster House at gunpoint a little more than a month before the Family Dollar robbery.
Uh, well, if you don't want shot by an armed citizen, don't go pointing weapons at innocent people with evil intent. How about that lesson?