A Texas ice cream shop owner and her husband fought back as a man attempted to rob their ice cream shop, ABC 13 reports.
The attempted robbery happened at La Michoacana Auténtica in northwest Harris County on Feb. 1.
A surveillance video shows shop co-owner Jorge Padilla working when a man wearing a dark jacket and beanie begins speaking with him. When Padilla opens the cash register, the suspect reaches over the counter and attempts to steal their money.
As this is happening, Jorge Padilla's wife, Nadia, witnessed the attempted robbery. The shop's surveillance video shows her standing up from her seat in a booth at the end of the store, ensuring her children were safe, and retrieving her gun.
Nadia then fires a shot, which misses the robber but scares him away as he is chased by Mr. Padilla.
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"My husband could be dead right now. I wanted to start crying and I got nervous and I was gonna have a breakdown," she told the ABC affiliate.
"I hope he learned his lesson, and I hope everybody who can see that thinks twice about it next time," Nadia added.
Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff's Office told ABC 13 that they suspect the same man is responsible for multiple robberies in the area.
Local authorities are asking anyone with information regarding these robberies to contact the Harris County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit at 713-274-9100.
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