Two armed criminals walked into a gun store in Mableton, Georgia, on Monday Dec. 26 with the intention of robbing it. They would fail in their attempt — and only one would leave the store alive.
You can watch the event unfold in the video above. Warning! It may be too graphic for some viewers.
Jimmy Groover, the owner of Dixie Gun and Pawn, said he had not choice but to return fire at the would-be robbers who were making their move during daytime hours.
“Get down on the floor, get down on the floor or I’ll kill you,” said the 64-year-old, recalling the incident in an interview with 11Alive. “Then they shot at me.”
Groover grabbed his own firearm and immediately shot back, hitting one of the suspects and killing him. The other suspect fled the scene and is still on the loose.
“I had no other choice. I had no other choice. I hate that it happened,” he said. “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.”
Groover’s store has been targeted by burglars around 20 times, presumably, most of those were perpetrated at night when the business was closed. Hence Groover’s decision to up security by adding security cameras, bars on the windows and multiple safes to store the firearms in during off hours.
But the two suspects struck in broad daylight, when the store was open for business, when the firearms were not locked up in the safes.
“They tell you they’re going to kill you. That’s what they told the man,” said one of Groover’s friends, who was at the scene. “Come in with two guns, tell you they’re going to kill you. He’s got grandbabies and family. You got to have some compassion. I’ve known this man all my life.”
Following the shooting, Groover lamented the situation.
“I hate it. I really do,” he repeated. “I hate it. I hate it bad.”
Meanwhile, authorities said that Groover is unlikely to face charges as he acted in self-defense. They are also asking the public to assist in finding the other suspect.