Even as chains like Target encourage law-abiding citizens from bringing firearms into their stores, business owners continue to face the real threat posed by armed criminals.
When the owner of a Dayton, Ohio clothing shop found himself facing down two thugs in his store recently, he reacted by retrieving his own gun and fatally shooting one of the prospective robbers. Days after the incident, local police are considering the shooting an act of self-defense, indicating the store owner will not likely face any charges.
Nevertheless, the family of 16-year-old Isiah Haggins Jr. is not so quick to accept that preliminary determination.
“I want answers,” the teen’s father said; “and I want the truth.”
Haggins, along with his co-conspirator, entered the Step-n-Style location with Monday with their faces covered, reports indicate.
Nearby shop owners confirm that this is just the latest in a string of violent crimes.
“These incidents have escalated over the years,” one owner said. “You used to only have to worry about fights outside. Now we have to worry about guns inside.”
Another business owner confirmed that, while “nobody wants to harm a child,” local entrepreneurs “have the right to defend ourselves.”
Police seem to agree. While the shooter is expected to be found justified in the act, however, Haggins’ partner in crime could face charges related to his death.
“Under Ohio law,” Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Greg Flannagan said, “a defendant is culpable for any death that occurs during the commission of an aggravated robbery – including the death of an accomplice.”
Still, Haggins’ family remains unconvinced the teen had to die.
“I want to know what happened,” his grandmother said. “Where he was shot. Was it self-defense? Because it’s their word and he’s not here to speak for himself.”
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