Authorities say 80-year-old retailer proprietor shooter suspected of making an attempt to rob Riverside County comfort retailer

Riverside County said the Sheriff’s Department Deputies were called to the business Sunday around 2:47 a.m. following a report of an attempted armed robbery.

Surveillance video obtained by CNN shows a man entering a Norco Market & Liquor store and pointing a rifle at the owner behind the counter. The firearm owner then arrives and shoots the suspect.

The sheriff’s department said the owner fired one round from a shotgun, causing the suspect to flee.

“A lawfully armed member of our community prevented a violent crime and ensured their own safety, while confronting multiple armed suspects,” the department said.

The owner, who did not want to be identified to protect his privacy, told CNN he saw an armed man approach the store moments before he entered.

Surveillance footage outside the store shows another armed man get out of a parked SUV and move toward the store just before the injured suspect runs back to the vehicle, apparently screaming “he shot my arm.”

Authorities said one suspect was later found at a Southern California hospital with an apparent gunshot wound. He remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition, the sheriff’s department said, noting that he will be jailed after he is released from medical treatment.

Three other people in the SUV were arrested and booked on robbery and conspiracy charges, the department said, adding that authorities found several firearms inside the stolen vehicle.

They were arraigned Wednesday and entered not guilty pleas, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney told CNN.

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