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.
“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.”
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.