Tulsa police responded to the store Thursday after the clerk called 911, saying they shot the suspect multiple times. The suspect was gone by the time officers arrived, but he later showed up at a local hospital.
CCTV shows the heart-stopping moment a mother and daughter open fire on a shotgun-wielding robber after he stormed their family shop.
The pair fought off the hooded man who demanded cash from them at their Forest Acres Liquor store in Oklahoma at 6pm on Thursday night.
Police have identified the suspect as Tyrone Lee and believe he’s connected to 10 other robberies. They say Lee walked into the liquor with a shotgun demanding money.
The owner and her daughter both grab their guns, and when the suspect returns, the owner opens fire. The suspect again appears to leave but comes back, prompting more gunfire. The owner’s daughter shoot him at close range. Even after being shot multiple times, the suspect fights with the owner for her gun, pistol-whipping her. The man chase the women around the counter before they leave the store. The owner suffered a gash to the head, which required staples.
The owner’s son said their guns saved their lives.
The Daily Mail reports,
Speaking out after her ordeal, she said: ‘I didn’t want him to hurt my daughter. That was my main thought.
‘All I was thinking was “just give him the money and go” and the next thing I know I see him back in my face. I’m still in shock. I don’t think I have really processed everything yet.’
Store owner Justin Christian, 33, was out of town at the time of the attack and says his mother and sister ‘did what they had to do’.
He told KJRH-TV: ‘I’m very proud of them. They fought for their life. Had my mom not made sure that the pistol she shot was empty… he tried shooting my sister with it point-blank.
‘You’re not going to scare me off from my store. This is what feeds my family, this is what pays my bills.’
Sergeant Brandon Watkins, of the Tulsa Police Department, identified Tyrone Lee, 36, as the alleged attacker and said he is suspected of carrying out several other armed robberies in the area.
The would-be thief reportedly drove himself to a local hospital where he was put into a medically induced coma. Officers are reported to be monitoring Lee’s condition and he is expected to survive.