As reported, Macon police say that three armed robbers entered a store on the 400 block of Woolfook Street around 10:30PM on Saturday. One of the robbers pointed a gun at a store worker, at which point a second store worker grabbed a shotgun. The worker and the armed robber exchanged shots, and the 3 robbers fled. Police found a suspect, 19 year old Laadrian Javonte Wilson, at a nearby hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound to the buttock. Wilson was released from the hospital Monday afternoon, at which point police arrested him and charged him with aggravated assault and armed robbery. No customers or workers at the store were harmed.
Here we have yet another case where an armed citizen is able to shoot a violent robber before that robber could kill the victim or another innocent person. Instead of ending up nearly killed by a robber after complying with his demands for money, these workers were able to go home to their families, unharmed. Remember, complying with robbers’ demands is no guarantee that they won’t become violent, and self defense is often the best way for a citizen to stay safe during a robbery. Also note that this self defense gun use took place in a populated area – yet not one innocent person was injured. This shouldn’t be surprising, since armed citizens are 5.5 times less likely than the police to shoot the wrong person.