When police said a would-be robber pulled a gun on two men outside a Detroit market Sunday night, little did he know one of his victims is a concealed pistol license holder — who quickly pulled a gun of his own and shot the assailant multiple times.
And it was all caught on surveillance video, the station said.
What went down?
- Video shows a hooded man — identified as Sanchez Quinn, 29, police told WJBK-TV — pulling a gun on two pedestrians outside the Super X Market.
- The victim with the concealed carry license, seen wearing a black and white T-shirt and shorts, told the station his first thought was to grab his gun.
- “I turned and looked and saw the other gentleman had a gun pointed at my face,” the man told WJBK by phone. “I was able to knock his hand down and the gunfire rang out.”
- The other victim — the concealed carrier’s cousin — was shot four times in the crossfire but is expected to recover, the station said.
- Quinn was arrested, WJBK said, along with a partner. Quinn is recovering from his gunshots in a hospital, the station added.
What else did the concealed carrier say?
- “It makes me mad because … you have people out here, they work every day, they’re innocent and you want to take from them,” the victim, with the concealed carry license, told WJBK. “These guys … I feel that they definitely don’t need to be back out on the street because someone else can end up getting hurt, and the situation might be a totally different way.”
- He told the station that he never before encountered a situation like that.
What did police say?
- Police told the concealed carry license holder it’s fortunate he was legally armed or he and his cousin may not be alive today, WJBK reported.
- It appears to be a case of self-defense, police said to the station, but it’s still under investigation.
What did the suspect’s mother say?
- Cynthia Quinn told the station she rushed to Henry Ford Hospital when she heard her son had been shot but was denied entry to his hospital room.
- “When I went to my son’s room I was stopped by two police officers [who] told me to get out of my son’s room,” she told WJBK. “‘Why you here? You cannot be here.'”
- “All I wanna do is see my son to see if he’s alright, if he’s dead or alive,” Cynthia Quinn added to the station. “What’s so hard about that?”