Who is Craig Cope? California store owner, 80, who shot armed robber says ‘it was him or me’

California’s NORCO I did a lot of hunting when I was a little child, says an 80-year-old California liquor store owner who was seen on tape firing a shotgun at a would-be burglar. The armed suspect fled his place of business screaming, “He shot my arm off!” after the early-morning incident at Norco Market & Liquor in Norco, California, located east of Los Angeles.

An armed suspect entered a liquor store in Southern California where he was fended off by the 80-year-old owner Craig Cope

An armed suspect entered a liquor store in Southern California where he was fended off by the 80-year-old owner Craig Cope

“I would always look out for my customers, staff, and myself. Fortunately, I was here alone in this case, so I only had to worry about that. The store owner, named as Craig Cope by “CBS LA,” said, “I took care of it and that was that.

He continued, “When I was a youngster, I used to hunt a lot. “I would set a meal on the table. Therefore, I can still recall events from a long time ago.

Cope said to “CBS LA,” “More people should vote, and they should vote correctly, and I think the politicians… There are a lot of individuals out there who have no understanding what it’s like to try to manage a small business, so I doubt this will win me many friends.

“And when they’re letting people out, let’s face it, we have some horrible people. There are bad individuals. We don’t need bad individuals. It’s a scary situation when that happens, therefore we need to get them locked up,” he added.

When the man pointed the pistol squarely at me, there wasn’t much time to consider my options, according to Mr. Cope, who spoke to “FOX11”.

I refused to give him a chance. I recognized it as a semi-automatic weapon, and it may have been changed to an automatic version that would be more akin to a machine gun, but I’m not going to let him fire the opening shot at that moment. I knew what was going to happen when I glanced and saw them getting out of the car while wearing gloves, masks, and carrying a weapon,” he continued.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office reported that the unnamed gunman, 23, who was seen brandishing a rifle on security footage, was later discovered at a local hospital “suffering from a gunshot wound consistent with a shotgun blast.” Although his condition is still severe, it is stable, and when he is freed, he will be put in jail.

According to the police, three more males who were allegedly in a getaway vehicle during the attempted heist are now in jail and are the subject of a conspiracy and robbery investigation. According to media accounts, Cope went back to work on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 after suffering a heart attack following the incident.

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