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The 80 year old California liquor store owner caught on video shooting a would-be robber with a shotgun, now speaks, saying: “I used to hunt a lot when I was a little kid.”
The incident happened early Sunday at Norco Market & Liquor. Norco, east of Los Angelesprompting the armed suspect to run from his business yelling “he shot my arm!”
“I would always protect my employees, my customers, myself. In this case, fortunately, I was here alone, so I only had to take care of that. I took care of it and that’s it,” said the store owner. CBS LA as Craig Cope, the station said.
“I did a lot of hunting when I was a little kid,” he added. “I would put food on the table. So, I still remember things from the old days.”
Cope also told CBS LA that he thinks “more people should vote and vote the right way, and I think politicians … it’s not going to make me to the right of the majority of people, but there are a lot of things.” people, they have no idea what it’s like to try to run a small business.
“And when they release people … and we have bad people, let’s face it. There are bad people, bad people that we don’t need. We have to lock them up because it’s a terrible situation when that happens,” he said. “Everybody’s struggling is working They have bills to pay. These guys will come and take it from you. Not here.”
The 23-year-old attacker According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, he was later tracked down at a local hospital and was caught on surveillance footage with the rifle, whose identity has not been released.
He remains in critical but stable condition and will be jailed upon his release.
Three other men, who police say were in the getaway car during the attempted robbery, have been arrested and charged with robbery and conspiracy.
Cope, meanwhile, returned to work Tuesday after suffering a heart attack after the shooting, according to media reports.