Pharmacist Fires Warning Shot At Possible Robber Inside Drugstore

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Pharmacist Fires Warning Shot At Possible Robber Inside Drugstore

USA –-( WSOC TV-9 reports 01-03-18 in Charlotte, North Carolina, a local pharmacist at a drug store, thinking he was going to get robbed fired a shot warning at the possible robber.

Police said a man walked into the Star Bright Pharmacy on Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road around 8:20 in the evening wearing a mask and gloves.

Channel 9 spoke to pharmacist, who said customers have to be buzzed into the store.

The pharmacist said as his previous customer was leaving the store, the suspect opened the door.

The pharmacist said the subject “was wearing a mask and some gloves and was moving pretty quickly. We've been robbed in the past. He looked like he was coming to do harm, and I felt very threatened.”

He added “I reached for my handgun, fired one warning shot in the air and the guy kind of backed off a little bit. Then I ran out to see what was going on, took his mask off, made him get on the ground and called the police.”

The pharmacist then detained the unarmed man until officers showed up. The 22 year old suspect was arrested and no one was injured

Channel 9 learned that Star Bright Pharmacy was previously robbed at gunpoint in 2016. The pharmacist bought the gun after that incident.

“A guy came in in a similar fashion, bust in, mask up and put a gun to my head,” the pharmacist said. “Myself and another patient had to go in, open up the safe, so it was a pretty traumatic experience.” (as quoted)

In that robbery, the thief didn’t take any money, just prescription drugs.

“It just speaks volumes to what's going on with the whole opioid crisis,” the intended victim said. “People are getting desperate, and it's really causing a lot of problems for people like myself.”


“A warning shot into the air” can certainly be dangerous. Inside a building perhaps not so much. In any case it worked and no one was injured.

Hopefully given the pharmacist’s history, local prosecutors can overlook this particular statutory crime.

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

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  • 9 thoughts on “Pharmacist Fires Warning Shot At Possible Robber Inside Drugstore

    1. Due to the high cost of ammunition, I do not fire a warning shot, and am likely to use my tomahawk instead. Unless you’re packin’, in which case I guess you’re toast.

      1. Probably trespassing or unlawful entry or some such, at a minimum. The article didn’t say if the guy was armed; if he was then that might have lead to additional charges.

    2. Shotgun Willie? Oh!, you must be nancy pelosi’s secret lover. Where I live, if an idiot walks up to me wearing a hooddie, a mask and gloves, he just made it to the top of my “Terminate With Extreme Prejudice” list. If it looks like a thug, walks like a thug, dresses like a thug and talks like a thug, it’s a thug and presents a clear and present danger! And by the way willie, If you are embarrassed to be an American, get the F–K out!

    3. So now in this country we shoot warning shots for wearing a hoodie and gloves! Full prosecution of the pharmacist should happen! Innocent until proven guilty! I didn’t even hear of a weapon on the suspects Person. Try firing a warning shot at me mother****er and see what happens. This is the pussifing of America, “ We shot cause you might be a criminal and we’re scared.” This wouldn’t have happen 50 years ago. How embarrassing to be an American right now compared to the America we inherited. Liberalism/socialism is a disease to be wiped from the face of the earth.

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