Dramatic moment California liquor store owner, 80, blasts robber brandishing an AR-15 with a shotgun

  • An 80-year-old business owner Craig Cope defended his store with a shotgun
  • Cope had a heart attack because of the shock, but saw off his attackers 
  • The would-be robbers approached Norco Market & Liquor in Norco, California, planning to rob the store while wearing facial coverings

It was 2:47am on Sunday when 80-year-old business owner Craig Cope saw a group of young hooded men entered his California liquor store holding rifles.

But the store owner wasn’t defenseless. Cope had a shotgun hidden out of sight, waiting as the would-be robbers approached Norco Market & Liquor in the 800 block of Sixth Street.

Video shows a 23-year-old male holding a long gun and creeping into the liquor store.

Four suspects armed with guns were waiting outside, planning to rob the store while wearing facial coverings, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

When the man approaches, Cope reaches for his shotgun and fires straight into the approaching robber.

Video shows a 23-year-old male holding the rifle and creeping into Norco Market & Liquor in the 800 block of Sixth Street at 2:47am on Sunday

Video shows a 23-year-old male holding the rifle and creeping into Norco Market & Liquor in the 800 block of Sixth Street at 2:47am on Sunday

The man screams out as he's hit in the shoulder, fleeing the store and shouting: 'He shot my arm off! He shot my arm off!'

The man screams out as he’s hit in the shoulder, fleeing the store and shouting: ‘He shot my arm off! He shot my arm off!’

The man screams out as he’s hit in the shoulder, fleeing the store.

‘He shot my arm off! He shot my arm off!’ the man can be heard shouting as he runs back to the black BMW SUV.

Hitting the accelerator, the driver almost leaves one of the accomplices behind – having to stop so the last hooded assailant can jump into the vehicle before they escape.

Back in the store, Cope had just suffered a heart attack, having to be rushed to hospital after the shock of the incident.

‘He was on his toes, thank god,’ said store employee Marnie Tapia, speaking with ABC7. ‘He just prepared himself. He’s always prepared as far as weapons go.’

The suspects are now in custody after police found them in hospital, identifying them from the gunshot wound.

Business owner Craig suffered a heart attack, having to be rushed to hospital after the shock of the attack

Business owner Craig suffered a heart attack, having to be rushed to hospital after the shock of the attack

Hitting the accelerator, the driver almost leaves one of the accomplices behind - having to stop so the last hooded assailant can jump into the vehicle before they escape. The suspects are now in custody after police found them in hospital, identifying them from the gunshot wound

Hitting the accelerator, the driver almost leaves one of the accomplices behind – having to stop so the last hooded assailant can jump into the vehicle before they escape. The suspects are now in custody after police found them in hospital, identifying them from the gunshot wound

Three of the suspects were found inside the suspect vehicle, which authorities say was reported stolen.

Police identified them as 22-year-old Inglewood resident Justin Johnson, 27-year-old Los Angeles resident Jamar Williams and 24-year-old Las Vegas resident Davon Broadus. 

The man who was shot is in critical but stable condition. He remains unnamed.

‘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 suspect,’ the sheriff’s department said.

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