A customer in Virginia Beach 7-Eleven shot two people who reportedly tried to rob the supermarket Thursday morning, one of them killed and the other injured, police said.
The Virginia Beach police were called to 7-Eleven at 2:10 am in the 100 block of 130 South Newtown Road.
One man was dead on site and another man was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.
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A customer in a Virginia Beach 7-Eleven (pictured) shot two people trying to rob the supermarket on Thursday morning
When police officers (photo) arrived, one man was dead and the other was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries
Two witnesses who were in the store told it 10 By your side that two young men wearing hoodies and bandanas, covering their faces, came in with what looked like real guns and told everyone to freeze.
The suspects went behind the counter and started talking money from the cash register and putting it in his pockets.
Then the witnesses said they heard gunshots.
& # 39; The servant raised his hands and said, "Come on, man, don't do this." And no sooner than he said, did I hear a gunshot and as soon as I heard the gunshot, I dropped to the floor and put my hands on my head and started praying because I thought the man shot the servant, & # 39 witness Barrie Engel told The Virginia Pilot.
A customer who had been at the back of the store shot the two young men.
Engel first thought that one of the robbers was shooting and that they would probably shoot & # 39; everyone down & # 39 ;.
The police were called at 2:10 am to 7-Eleven in the 100 block of 130 South Newtown Road in Virginia Beach.
An officer tracked down a third suspect, not far from the 7-Eleven (picturedand took him into custody
Witness Barrie Engel told 10 By your side she heard a shot in the store and fell to her knees
& # 39; I was just starting to pray and I feared for my life, & # 39; she said. & # 39; After that shot it was like three shots, bam, then bam bam. It could have been two, two or three. & # 39;
Then Engel realized that the customer was the one who was shooting.
She said heard the man say: & # 39; No one points a gun at me and gets away with it. & # 39;
Engel said she saw one of the masked men lying on the floor dead and the other behind the counter asking for help and & # 39; shaking in my boots & # 39 ;. Then the police arrived.
Witnesses called the citizen shooter a hero, Fox 8 reported.
The police confirmed that the customer, who was in possession of a legal weapon, had shot the suspects.
& # 39; An officer found a third person a short distance from the 7-11 and took him into custody & # 39 ;, police said in a statement. Costs are being processed.
Engel told The Virginia Pilot that she wants to know who saved them.
& # 39; Thank goodness for that guy, because who knows what could have happened, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I want to personally thank that man. I want to buy him a steak dinner. & # 39;
It was not the only armed 7-Eleven robbery of the night.
Earlier at around 12.30 a nearby 7-Eleven on 1010 Pacific Avenue was robbed by three suspects of cigarettes and & # 39; smoke machines & # 39 ;. No injuries were reported in this incident.
Police said they believed that & # 39; these three suspects are responsible for both night raids in our city and for others that took place in other jurisdictions & # 39 ;.
The police did not give any details about the other robberies that, according to them, the trio carried out.
The identity of the suspects and the shooter were not immediately released.
The investigation is still ongoing.
It was the second fatal shooting on a 7-Eleven in Hampton Roads in the past two weeks, after a 17-year-old Hampton was killed in a shooting in the supermarket on July 12, WTKR reported.
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