The family of a suspected armed robber who was shot while holding up a Family Dollar store in Mobile, Ala., is upset with the customer who pulled the trigger.
The unidentified customer told the local FOX affiliate he was shopping at the store when he noticed a masked gunman leading an employee to the front of the store.
“He had the gun to his head,” the customer told FOX10 News. “He had him on his knees. I drew my gun on him and I said ‘Hey don’t move.’ At that point he swung around and before he had a chance to aim the gun at me I fired. I didn’t want to shoot him.”
The masked gunman was said to be Adric White, 18, who was out on bond for a robbery that occurred about a month earlier, according to Fox10 News.
Incredibly, a family member who did not want to be identified said White should have never been shot to begin with because the good Samaritan “should have just left the store.”
“If his (the customer) life was not in danger, if no one had a gun up to him, if no one pointed a gun at him – what gives him the right to think that it’s okay to just shoot someone?” the relative told Fox10 News. “You should have just left the store and went wherever you had to go in your car or whatever.”
Guns.com reported that White was shot five times, but survived. He is in police custody as he recovers in a local hospital.
As the report indicated, police say the customer who opened fire was justified and broke no laws.