Under normal circumstances, surveillance video might capture a small fraction of a life-threatening self-defense situation.
This time, video shows nearly every second of the insane confrontation.
Local media outlets posted a video Saturday from Forest Acres Liquor Store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that shows a heart-stopping, two-minute shootout between a mother, daughter, and a shotgun-wielding robber.
Tina Ring, 53, and her daughter, Ashely Lee, 30, were working behind the counter at the family-owned liquor store Thursday night when a man, who police later identified as Tyrone Lee, entered the front door and demanded the money from behind the cash register.
“I didn’t want him to hurt my daughter,” Ring told the Tulsa World on Friday. “That was my main thought.”
Ashley Lee, who is not related to Tyrone Lee, appears in the video to open the register and the man begins grabbing money. Both women stand back and allow the would-be thief to take as much cash as he could hold.
“All I was thinking was ‘Just give him the money and go,’ and next thing I know, I see him back in my face,” Ring said.
That was his mistake, for as soon as the suspect returned for more cash both women opened fire. They had each grabbed a pistol in the time it took the suspect to return, and they weren’t shy about using them.
“The clerks did an outstanding job of fighting him,” Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker told KJRH.
In the video, Tyrone Lee can be seen re-entering the store while both women crouch behind the counter with their pistols at the ready. Lee checks behind the register, and Ring fires a shot at point-blank range. She fires two additional shots as he flees, and Ashley Lee pulls out her phone and calls the authorities.
After Ring’s initial three shots, Lee turns around and enters the store for the third time. Ring fires another two shots as he approaches, but he continues moving forward even though he has dropped his shotgun.
He lunges at Ring and tries to wrestle her handgun away from her. During the struggle, Ashley Lee fires another shot at the suspect’s back and appears to hit him without injuring her mother.
The suspect wrestles the gun away from Ring, hits her with it, and turns around to fire at Ashley Lee. Fortunately for the woman, Ring’s five-shot revolver is empty and Tyrone Lee fails in his two attempts to shoot her.
The confrontation ends seconds later as the suspect collapses behind the counter and the two women flee the store.
It isn’t clear from the video which shots landed and which didn’t. The suspect continues fighting throughout the tape, and even gets up and leaves the store after the women escape.
Authorities report that the suspect checked himself into a nearby hospital and is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. He is expected to survive.