80-year-old store owner speaks out after shooting attempted armed robber

An 80-year-old store owner has spoken out about shooting an attempted armed robber who pointed an AR-15 at him.

“It was him or me,” the store owner insisted.

Craig Cope was seen on surveillance video pulling out a shotgun at Norco Market & Liquor store in Norco, California, and blasting the gunman.

“There wasn’t much time to think about it, the guy pointed the gun directly at me and then it was him or me,” Mr Cope told FOX11.

“I was not going to give him a chance. I recognised it as a semi automatic, and maybe someone had converted it into an automatic, the equivalent of a machine gun, but I’m not going to let him get the first shot off at that point.”

Asked what his advice to any other would-be robbers was, he smiled and replied, “This isn’t a good place to pick.”

Mr Cope

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