Store owner in wheelchair fends off two robbers with gun

A shooting occurred during a jewelry store robbery in Alcoa Wednesday afternoon, according to Blount County Dispatch.

Officials say it happened around 4:30 p.m. at the Malone's Jewelers at 332 Gill Street in Alcoa.

The Alcoa Police Department says two suspects went inside the the store. While one suspect was asking about merchandise, the other jumped the store's counter and ran to a backroom.

Alcoa PD Detective Kris Sanders said both suspects then tried to leave with some money. The store's owner then shot one of the men in the stomach area with a handgun.

Sanders said authorities arrived to the scene within minutes of the incident. He said they then arrested the two suspects inside the store.

"Everybody has a gun permit nowadays," Sanders said. "So, I don't think it's safe to assume you're going to go into a business where there's not a weapon."

Bobby Love works as the general manager of Bullpen bar next door. He said the owner of Malone's Jewelers uses a wheelchair.

He said the owner is a nice man, but he was surprised a shooting had occurred.

"But, at the same time, he has a wife and kids that he wants to make it home to," Love said.

The store's owner was unhurt in the incident. Both suspects have yet to be named. One of the two men is in stable condition at an area hospital.


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