Really sad news we’ve received this morning as one more real-time American hero died!
An 80-year-old Southern California liquor store owner who opened fire with a shotgun and wounded a would-be armed robber last summer has died, the store reported this morning.
Craig Cope died Tuesday morning, and a memorial at Norco Market & Liquor will be held at a later date, according to a Facebook post. It didn’t mention a cause of death.
On this day we’ve decided to report the story of this man who made every second amendment supporter proud!
A man armed with what looked like an assault rifle was no match for the owner of a Riverside County convenience store, and the frightening face-off was all caught on the store’s security cameras.
From the report we had last summer:
The attempted robbery happened at around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
When Cope saw the would-be robbers entering the store, he whipped out a shotgun strategically placed behind the counter and shot one suspect in the arm.
As the robbery suspect retreated, security cameras also captured him running back to a vehicle outside.
Strategically tucked behind the counter, Cope whipped out his hidden shotgun and shot one suspect in the arm, as seen in surveillance video.
After nearly leaving one of their own behind, the suspects sped off in a black BMW X3. Cope kept an eye on his cameras to make sure they left.
“I’m proud to call him my boss. He makes us feel better about being here,” Tapia said.
Cope suffered a heart attack as the result of the traumatic series of events, Tapia says, but he is expected to make a full recovery. He has already been saying he’d like to return to work.
“It’s not his first rodeo,” said Cope’s employee, Marnie Tapia. “On the surveillance, he saw them coming out of the vehicle with weapons.”
Unfortunately, yesterday was his last rodeo!
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