It’s not clear at what point a group of armed robbers in Georgia decided it was a good idea to try to hit a gun shop, but that’s exactly the plan they carried out when they walked into Dixie Gun on Dec. 26.
When the armed men entered, Jimmy Groover, the shop’s owner, turned around to see them charge in as another employee raised his hands, according to this story from abcnews.com.
The story says surveillance video shows at least one robber was wearing a mask and had his gun drawn, pointing it at Groover and his employee.
“Groover wedged himself behind a gun safe in the back of the store. He said he heard one of them say, ‘Get on the ground. I’m going to kill you.’”
“I saw the mask and the gun at the same time, and I knew it was him or me,” Groover said in the story, adding that all he could think to do was protect himself, his employee, and the two customers who were in the store.
In the video, the suspect draws a second gun and Groover draws his own, firing at least two shots at the first suspect, who falls to the floor on his back straight away, dropping both guns, one of which discharged as he was falling. The shot shattered the glass counter case and lodged in a door not far from where Groover was standing, the story says.
Groover fires several more shots toward the other suspect as he turned to flee and smoke filled the store.
The suspect with two guns was identified as 30-year-old Donovan Chopin. He died at the scene. Police say the investigation into the robbery is ongoing and that the second suspect is still at large.
The story says Groover isn’t facing any charges.
Even though this is the first time Groover has ever been present for a robbery at the store, the establishment has experienced 18 burglaries and about a dozen attempted burglaries over the past 30 years.
People from around the country have been calling Groover with messages of support.
“They’ve just called to give me support because they know it’s not an easy thing to do,” Groover said in the story. “People are tired of being victimized, and they’re glad to see a good guy win.”