Store owner takes law into own hands, shoots robber

Published: Oct. 9, 2013 at 8:30 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM EDT
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A store owner shot a man attempting to rob his mini mart. (Source: WITN News)
A store owner shot a man attempting to rob his mini mart. (Source: WITN News)

PITT COUNTY, NC (WECT/WITN) – A store owner in Falkland, North Carolina took the law into his own hands Tuesday night.

WITN in Greenville reported the owner of the Falkland Mini Mart, just outside of Greenville, opened fire when an armed gunman stormed in demanding cash. In the process of shooting at the robber, the owner of the store accidentally shot his friend in the stomach.

The owner, who goes by Rocky, says, "My first instinct was just to draw my weapon and fire on him." He continued, "I wanted to secure his weapon. At the time I didn't know my buddy, B, had been shot." "I just wanted to make sure this guy was secured and didn't pose a threat to us," Rocky said.

Deputies say 22-year-old Joshua Chamberlain attempted to rob the mini mart, was shot, and then ran to a nearby home, claiming to have been in a car wreck. Chamberlain was then found by deputies at the home. He will be charged when once released from the hospital.

The friend who was shot is expected to survive his gunshot wound.

Copyright 2013 WECT. All rights reserved. WITN contributed to this story.