Security guard shoots 2 teenage armed robbers at 7-Eleven and tells them his gun is real while theirs is fakeBy Emily Lewis 1:46 PM February 5, 2018
Security surveillance footage from a 7-Eleven convenience store in California showed a security guard shooting two armed teens who tried to rob the cashier and take money from the cash register.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Compton Station responded to the 15200 block of South Avalon Boulevard in Gardena, regarding a silent robbery alarm activation that occurred on Saturday, at around 11:00 p.m.
While at the location, deputies learned the convenience store hired an armed security guard for the 7-Eleven store.
As the security guard was sitting in his vehicle, he saw two black males wearing hooded sweatshirts entering the convenience store.
The security guard saw the hooded portion was tightened in what appeared to be an attempt to conceal the identities of the men who entered.
As the security guard approached the entrance to the store, he saw that both men had jumped over the front counter and began to rummage through the cashier’s pockets.
When the security guard walked in, he saw one of the males pointing what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun at the cashier.
Fearing for the cashier’s life, the security guard took action by shooting the male that was pointing the gun at the cashier.
Believing the other male also had a weapon, he fired at him as well.
Both teens were shot.
The security guard detained both males until deputies arrived.
Both were transported to a hospital and treated for their non-life threatening injuries.
During the investigation, a replica semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene.
Both males were discovered to be juveniles approximately 16-years-old.
They were both booked and charged with robbery and are being held without bail.
A surveillance video of the robbery was circulated on social media sites and went viral.
The security guard is not facing any charges.
During the robbery, the teens were heard shouting that their gun was fake.
In response, the security guard replied: “Mine is real.”