Bridgeport, CT police have released security camera footage showing the Crown Fried Chicken owner firing his gun at two would-be robbers in his minimart. The owner, who was just held up four weeks ago, said the Wednesday night attempted armed robbery was the 8th time he has been robbed in the 25 years he’s been in business.
The owner, Mohamed Yasir, who has previously shot two assailants in his store, said his latest armed robbers took heed of his warning shot and took off running.
“How am I gonna be scared because when you do a business you’re not supposed to be scared of anything. You make a living. You know we’re here to make a living,” said the owner, Mohamed Yasir. A bullet hole was left in the ceiling from the shot Yasir fired.
A resident carrying a licensed firearm confronted the suspects outside. They exchanged fire, shattering the store’s window.
“It’s crazy. It’s my first time ever witnessing this!”, said eyewitness Ayana Junes. Junes says she was heading to the store when she saw the suspects fleeing.
“They were running right down there and then I saw a guy running over here and he had a gun in his hand and I heard pow pow and then I ran back home,” she said.
“I know they came to rob me, they came to shoot me or whatever but always you for to protect yourself. I got family to feed,” Yasir said.
“Mohamed has never really been a coward so anytime someone has actually come in here and really caused a problem,” said customer Gilbert Figueroa. “At first he’s respectful, tries to be as respectful as possible, but if you come and threaten his business he’s willing to protect his business.”
No one was hurt in this incident and Bridgeport Police say the suspects may have fled in black or dark colored BMW with dark wheels.
“We would like our victims or store clerks to just cooperate and hand them the money but in this case you have people coming into your store and they’re armed, you have a means to defend yourself, you believe your life is in immediate threat then obviously you have a right to defend yourself,” said Bridgeport Police Captain Brian Fitzgerald.
Authorities say the suspects were responsible for a shooting in a residential neighborhood and are considered armed and dangerous.