CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A local gas station owner is now in the hospital after being shot during an armed robbery in southeast Charlotte and police have charged a suspect in the violent crime.
A store owner shot a robber who first shot him according to the manager of this 7-Eleven on Monroe Road at the intersection with Sharon Amity.
Police say the suspect in the case is 22-year-old James Murray.
The store manager tells FOX 46 around 3 a.m. Monday, a man barged into the store, hopped the counter, went to the back and told the store owner this was a robbery. The manager says Murray shot the store owner, and the store owner returned fire hitting Murray.
CMPD says K9's tracked down the suspect outside the store in a nearby area and he was taken to the hospital. The store manager says the owner was shot in his side and he was also taken to the hospital.
Customers shared their thoughts on the store owner firing back at the suspect.
“For store owners I think that is good because they have to protect their businesses, but also anyone could get shot in the line of fire even if someone was at the pump and they were trying to get the suspects, so it's a one of those debates where it's a good thing and it's a bad thing,” a customer told FOX 46.
The manager tells me this was all captured on surveillance video and that no customers or other employees were here when this happened this morning.
She says the owner is the only one who has access to the video. CMPD has given very few details other than to say they're not looking for anyone else involved in the shooting.
Gas station employees tell FOX 46 the store owner is still in the hospital. Murray was also taken to the hospital. Upon release, he will be served with warrants for attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.