A quick thinking convenience store clerk in Ohio recently used his Second Amendment rights when a would-be armed robber pulled a weapon to rob him.
According to WTTE-TV, 27-year-old Emanuel Hamm walked into the M&M Food Mart in Darbydale, Ohio, Thursday night around 9:30 p.m. with plans to rob the store. But the quick thinking clerk, who wished to remain anonymous, derailed those plans.
“He pulled a gun and said give me the money,” the clerk told WTTE, recounting the events.
“As soon as I saw the gun, I pulled mine and I shot him,” the clerk explained. “That was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the gun. I thought of my kids. Somebody thought it was an easy target and it wasn’t.”
Surveillance footage caught the incident on tape. It shows Hamm walking into the store with one hand in his pocket. The video shows the clerk, suspicious of Hamm, put his hand on a gun in his back pocket. When Hamm finally draws his weapon, the clerk was able to draw first, shooting and injuring Hamm. Hamm is then seen scrambling for the door.
Store owner Aziz Khettab told WTTE that after his store was robbed three times last year, he decided to finally buy a gun so he and his clerks could protect the store, its customers and his source of income.
Hamm was able to get away, despite being shot in the hand. But after he appeared at a local hospital with a gunshot wound, which WTTE reports was not life-threatening, police arrested him and charged him with aggravated robbery.
Still, the store clerk told WTTE that he feels bad for injuring Hamm.
“It was really tough,” he told WTTE. “It’s not easy to shoot someone, especially with someone who never had to deal with guns.”
“I feel bad for him, but I didn’t have a choice,” the clerk explained.
Watch the surveillance footage below via WTTE: