The incident occurred around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, and the owner, Craig Cope, was prepared, according to a report.
“He saw on the surveillance,” an employee of Cope said. “He saw them coming out of the vehicle with weapons.”
Footage of the incident has gone viral and shows Cope confronting the masked man, who burst into the liquor store with his rifle ready.
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Shotgun in hand, Cope shot the intruder in the arm, according to the footage.
The suspect fled to his car screaming.
“He shot my arm off, he shot my arm off,” the man yelled.
Several other suspects were outside with the vehicle, and they appeared panicked when the wounded would-be robber ran outside.
One suspect was almost left behind, according to the footage.
Cope’s employee praised him for his actions.
“I’m proud to call him my boss,” the employee said. “He makes us feel better about being here, you know.”
The incident was extremely intense, and Cope had a heart attack following the shooting, the report noted.
Cope is now in recovery, according to the report.
While the suspect who was wounded by Cope remains unidentified in the hospital, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has named Justin Johnson, 22, of Inglewood; Jamar Williams, 27, of Los Angeles; and Davon Broadus, 24, of Las Vegas, as being held on bail of $500,000.
No charges against Cope have been reported.
He is a “lawfully armed member of our community” and “prevented a violent crime and ensured their own safety, while being confronted with multiple armed suspects,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.