Concealed Carry Permit Holder Shoots Armed Robber in Florida

A concealed carry permit holder shot an armed robber in the thigh during an attempted hold-up in a Florida convenience store.

An armed robber thought he was in for an easy score when he tried to hold up a convenience store, but he got a very rude awakening when a customer with a concealed carry permit took him down. The incident was captured on a surveillance video. Check it out above.

The suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Christopher Lilly, walked into the 54 Food Mart store in Pasco County, Florida last Friday wearing a mask and holding a gun. He immediately started demanding money and ordered the clerk and customer into a walk-in cooler in the back.

While Lilly was rifling through the register in the front, the customer — a concealed carry permit holder — passed his gun to the clerk, who left the cooler and fired a warning shot.

The action caused Lilly to drop the gun, and a physical struggle ensued between Lilly and the clerk and customer. During the fight, Lilly tried to go for his dropped gun. At that point, the customer managed to get a hold of his concealed carry gun and shoot Lilly in the right thigh.

A passerby called 911, and the cops got on the scene right as Lilly was trying to make his getaway.

Lilly was transported to a hospital and treated. His injuries aren’t life-threatening. He’s been booked and faces charges of armed robber and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident, but the customer is not likely to face any charges.

“(The customer) definitely stopped the crime from being committed and may have saved someone’s life,” sheriff’s spokesman Kevin Doll said. “Preliminary information indicates he exercised his right with a concealed weapons permit — he was in accordance with the law in what happened.”

Lilly has a lengthy record that includes 11 arrests. At the time of the attempted robbery, he had a domestic violence injunction filed against him, so he wasn’t legally allowed to own a gun. Nevertheless, he had one, and it’s a good thing the customer had one as well.

“If you’re in a life-or-death situation,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said, “you absolutely have your God-given right in Pasco County to defend yourselves.”

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