‘Hero’ 7-Eleven Customer, Licensed Gun Owner, Shoots 2 Robbery Suspects

A customer at 7-Eleven shot and killed a man who was robbing a Virginia Beach store, according to police.

Officers were called to the 7-Eleven on South Newtown Road, near Interstate 64, at about 2:10 a.m. and found two people who were shot, according to WTVR 6.

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“Investigators learned that the two males had entered the 7-Eleven and were attempting to commit an armed robbery of the store clerks,” a Virginia Beach Police spokesperson said. “Another citizen, who was already in the store and in possession of a legal weapon, confronted and ultimately shot the suspects.”

The customer, whom witnesses called a “hero,” had a concealed carry permit, police said, according to Norfolk’s WTKR-TV.

One of the would-be robbers died, the second was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. A third person found near the store was also taken into custody.

Police believe the people involved in the South Newtown Road robbery were involved in another 7-Eleven store robbery earlier in the evening. The entire situation remains under investigation by police.

Police said the man’s gun is legal.

7-Eleven customer Barrie Engel told The Virginian-Pilot she saw the men burst into the store with masks on and guns drawn and they started taking money out of the drawer.

Engel said a man in the back of the store shot two of them. She said he told her no one is “gonna point a gun at me and get away with it.”

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Last month, a Virginia Beach city employee started a petition to allow civil servants to carry weapons at work after a gunman fatally shot 12 city workers at a local municipal center in May.

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