New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - A would-be robber got more than he bargained for after an attempted stickup in New Haven.
Every time the owner of Babe Market walks in to work, he immediately puts his gun behind the counter. He never thought he'd have to use it, but he did on Tuesday night when two masked men walked in.
He may be calm now, but 22 year-old Karar Jawad still thinks about what could've happened inside his Ferry Street convenience store.
"I'm glad he's going to survive," said Jawad. "I didn't want to shoot him, but my life was threatened."
He says the life of his customer was also in danger.
"They had a gun to the customer. When they had the gun they to the customer, they said to me, 'Give me your money.' I had my gun over here, so I pulled it out slowly and he pointed the gun right here on my chest and I just let off shots, a couple. They took off," Jawad recalled.
"Where did you shoot him?"
"In the chest,' he said.
New Haven police say the man who was shot showed up at the hospital around 10:30 p.m. He's expected to be okay.
"I was scared," said Jawad. "I literally blacked out."
Jawad says the men stole the customer's wallet, but no items or money were taken from the store.
Police took the gun and said it could be a while until he gets it back. Jawad told News 8 that he can't risk waiting for police to give him back his gun, he's going to get a new one.
Jawad told his close friend, Keith Barnes, that the two men looked young. Barnes says it's not surprising.
"Nobody wants to open up a store at seven o'clock in the morning and not make it home to their family, so what he did was justified," said Barnes.
Jawad is hoping that in the new year with a new chief who's committed to community policing, that there will be less gun violence.
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