Around midnight Saturday, March 16, two armed men wearing masks entered Mosy's Grocery and Liquor Store on West State Street in Rockford, Ill. with the intentions of robbing the store. However, according to WIFR News 23, what they didn’t expect to find was an armed employee inside.
The two robbers were seen sneaking around outside the store before they entered, and that’s when the employee armed himself with a revolver. The two entered the store shooting. When one of them, identified as 20-year-old James Taylor, jumped over the counter, still shooting, that’s when the employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, shot him.
He tells WIFR News 23:
“I didn't think they were going to jump over the counter. One of them did, and started shooting at me. So it was just like, shoot or get shot, you know?”
The second robber fled the scene immediately after the employee retaliated. After police arrived, Taylor was transported to a local hospital where he remains in serious condition. Three employees were present at the time, but none of them were injured.
Surveillance footage shows the robbers entering the store and leaves no doubt to the exact moment that the employee feared for his life and thus shot the armed robber. The store’s owner states that he feels the employee was justified in his actions and that he did the right thing.
Anyone with information concerning the attempted robbery is urged to contact the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department (815-319-6300) or CrimeStoppers (815-963-7867).
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