Suspects In A Chicago Burglary Flee From The Convenience Shop When The Armed Owner Opens Fire

The company owner told the media that three armed male burglary suspects fled from a Chicago convenience store after the female owner opened fire on them.

Suspects In A Chicago Burglary Flee From The Convenience Shop When The Armed Owner Opens Fire

Vanessa Harris, the owner of V’s Convenience Store, told ABC Chicago, “I’m frustrated, you know because it’s not easy running a business.” She also expressed her wish for the police to become involved. “I feel hurt and violated.”

According to Chicago police, three male suspects broke through a window at the Woodlawn neighbourhood store at approximately 4:35 a.m. on Thursday and started stealing goods. Soon after Harris, 40, arrived at her place of business, the three men were approached, and one of them is said to have drawn a revolver and fired a shot.

“I was kinda nervous, thinking like, ‘Are they going to shoot again?'” Harris told the outlet. “But then I realized he did it as a scare shot, and they ran off from the store. I just fired back and two more ran out on foot.”

Harris reported that the attackers hurriedly fled in a white vehicle and that he was unharmed throughout the gunfight. According to ABC Chicago, she was lawfully armed throughout the incident and possesses a concealed carry certificate.

“The victim, a 40-year-old female, observed the offenders exiting the business and related one of the offenders produced a firearm and opened fire in her direction. The victim related she shot back. The victim was not struck by gunfire, and it does not appear at this time that any of the offenders were struck,” police said in comment provided to Fox News Digital.

But Harris said she thought she could have struck one of the males during the gunfight.

“I’m pretty for sure I did,” Harris said. “If they didn’t, they were lucky. I gotta do what I gotta do. I mean, unfortunately, this ain’t what I want to do. I don’t want no death on my conscience, but they’re getting ridiculous.”

The Chicago company owner claimed that since the store was the target of another heist late on New Year’s Eve, 2024 is already off to a poor start in terms of crime.

“I’m losing so much being on this corner,” Harris said. “I’m closing up. I got some of my customers complaining now about me closing at 5:30, 6 o’clock, but it’s only due to my safety.”

No suspects have been taken into custody by the police as of yet. Fox News Digital was informed by Chicago Police that Area One investigators are looking into the situation.

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