Teenagers tried to pull off a robbery stunt inside a convenience store in Gardena, Los Angeles with one of the suspects using a fake gun, but a security guard thwarted their actions and shot them instead with his “real weapon.”
Two teenagers in hooded sweatshirts entered a 7-Eleven store in the 15200 block of South Avalon Boulevard on the night of December 30, 2017. One of the male suspects then quickly jumped over the counter and started rummaging through a store employee’s pockets. The other teenager was pointing what appeared to be a gun at the cashier.
That was the scenario the private security guard saw when he entered the store. He took out his weapon and began shooting at the teenager-robbers. Authorities said the security guard then detained the wounded teenagers until deputies responded to the scene of the incident.
It turned out that one of the suspects used only a fake gun. Investigators confirmed they recovered a replica semi-automatic handgun at the scene.
The suspects, both 16 years old, were treated for their non-life threatening wounds at a local hospital as a result of the shooting. They were booked afterward and were charged with robbery.
Two weeks after the incident, the dramatic footage of the surveillance video captured what happened has since gone viral online. The video posted on Youtube garnered more than 1.5 million views in just a week.
The video showed the whole incident from the time the teenagers entered the store to their attempts to steal from the cash register to pointing a gun at the store employee and until the guard arrived to shoot at them.
One of the teenagers shouted “it’s fake” referring to their gun while the guard shoots at them. The guard replied: “Oh well, mine’s real.”
The guard while still holding his gun instructed the teenagers to put their hands behind their backs and asked the employee to call 911.
An investigation of the incident is still ongoing. The suspects are being held without bail.