Imagine this, later on today, you go to the gas station and enter the store to break a $20. What happens after that is up to you, were you prepared?
Yesterday, in the small Georgia town of Sycamore, that is exactly what Vietnam Veteran Don Rogers was doing when a thug entered the gas station, brandishing a firearm. The gas station attendant says that if it weren’t for Rogers, he might not be alive today. “I wish the day could’ve went by without this happening,” said Rogers. “I just did what I had to do.”
“I heard somebody say “put the money in the bag”. So I looked up and I seen this gentleman holding a pistol on the clerk,” said Rogers. Rogers, who has a Concealed Carry Permit, was scared, but he knew what he had to do. “And when I did, he looked over at me and turned my way and I fired a shot. And he grabbed his side and then I fired two more shots before he got out the door,” said Rogers.
Rogers hit the suspect, 18-year old Devin Burton, with two of his three shots. Burton ran out of the gas station empty-handed and got into a car driven by 17-year old Marleigh Agner. The pair sped off but eventually stopped to call 911, as Burton’s wounds were too severe.
“Well, I was hoping nothing like this would ever happen, but I was glad I had my weapon with me,” Rogers said.
Turner Co. Sheriff Andy Hester released a statement in which he said ““People are just sick of people running them up, and robbing, and stealing, and pillaging, and people are tired of it. These people that’ll go out and do this kind of stuff need to realize it ain’t always gonna fair to their favor, just because they’re a predator.”
The actions of Law abiding citizens like Don Rogers have sent a very strong message to criminals across the nation. Criminals must no longer ask themselves if they are “willing to do the time” for their crimes, but if they wish to see tomorrow. Are you feeling lucky today?