The owner of Forest Acres Liquor Store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and her daughter used their own handguns to defend themselves against an armed robber.
According to ABC News affiliate KTUL, the suspect, whom police identified as Tyrone Lee, entered the store with a shotgun on Feb. 22 and demanded money from the owner’s daughter, who was behind the register.
Surveillance video, which was provided to KTUL, shows the woman behind the register slowly back away with her hands in the air.
After he walked away from the counter, the woman retrieved a gun that appeared to be hidden. When Lee approached them a second time, the mother fired one shot and then two more.
The daughter also retrieved a second handgun and appeared to call 911. However, the initial shots weren’t enough to scare him off, and he returned to the store moments later.
Lee violently wrestled the gun away and pistol-whipped the owner, whose daughter then used her own gun to shoot him at close range. The suspect is seen in the surveillance footage stumbling around the back of the counter before leaving the store.
He later turned up at a local hospital in critical condition, and KTUL reported police believe he is connected to 10 other robberies in the area.
Justin Christen, the owner’s son, told News on 6 that the store has signs that inform everyone they have firearms and that “we know what to do with them.”
“We’re not going to be victims,” Christen explained to KTUL.
He added that his sister and mother “fought for their life” and had they not had the handguns, it could have turned out very differently.
Lee’s aunt, Corrine, who raised him, went back to the liquor store and apologized for her nephew’s behavior.
“I grew up raising him so I know the problem that he has,” she told News on 6. “He’s sick and I pray they get him some help.”
KTUL reported the woman who was hit with the pistol required staples, but Christen told News on 6 she’s doing well now.