Skip to comments.74-Year-Old Convenience Store Owner on Walker Fatally Shoots Would-Be Robber
Posted on 01/10/2003 9:05:54 PM PST by Pharmboy
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - When 74-year-old J.C. Adams saw three would-be robbers walk into his convenience store, he grabbed his shotgun with one hand and balanced himself on his walker with the other. On a surveillance monitor, he saw two men and a woman hold up an employee at the cash register Thursday night. That's when Adams pushed his walker to the front of the store and confronted the armed suspects, killing one man and wounding the other. An employee held the woman until police arrived.
"No need to let something like that live," said Adams, who had been wounded in a May 2000 robbery attempt in which he killed another intruder.
In his 26 years as owner of the Pac A Sac, a convenience store in a middle-class suburb just off Lawrenceville Highway, Adams has been robbed 12 times. He keeps the shotgun nearby now as he watches the store monitors. The walker he uses because of a recent knee surgery.
Police said Friday that Adams would not be charged in the shooting death of Cameron Lemont Glover, 17. Glover's 19-year-old brother, Leonard, and Tammy Crystal Jones, 17, were charged with armed robbery.
Until three years ago, Adams said he kept a .38 handgun in his store, but he switched to a shotgun after yet another robbery.
"I shot at the guy and missed," he said. "You can't do anything with a .38."
Adams' defense of the store has made him a legend in the neighborhood.
"Everybody knows J.C.," said resident Nancy Pope. "Obviously (robbers) don't know who they are messing with."
Family members of the Glovers and attorneys for Leonard Glover and Jones could not be located.
No sir, no need whatsoever.
Well done Mr. Adams!
"No need to let something like that live"Hey. We need a statue of this guy in every American city, emblazoned with these immortal words. Put 'em on postage stamps too. Bush ought to make J. C. Adams one of his top national security advisors. If we had more like him, Al Qaida would not be a problem.J. C. Adams
No, no, no... that would damage too much inventory in the convenience store in the process of dispatching the dirtbag. No sense spending any more money than necessary to get them out of the gene pool...
We need pictures of J. C. in restaurants, public buildings, schools, homes. Statues in public squares. We should name streets and schools after him. A battleship: The J. C. Adams! This guy definitely needs more exposure.
Picture Credit: John Spink/Atlanta Journal Constitution
J.C. Adams (left) speaks with Tom Apsey, who works at
nearby Brand Vaughan Lumber. "I'm glad he got 'em,"
Apsey said of the suspected robbers the 74-year-old
store owner shot Thursday night.
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