Store owner who fought armed robber: ‘It was really very scary’
A Chicago man is recovering tonight after not only surviving a shooting in his store during a robbery but also fighting back. And the whole melee was caught on tape.
Surrounded by family and friends, Luis Quizhpe prepared to go home after spending a day in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to his leg.
The 62-year-old talked from his hospital bed about his terrifying encounter with two armed men at the store he owns in Logan Square.
“It was really very scary,” he said.
Around 5:30 last night, two men walked into Luis’ souvenir shop. One pulled out a gun and pointed it at Luis’ brother-in-law and demands cash. The other man ran around the counter to the register.
“He started screaming, I don’t remember exactly what, but he was like ‘Kill them!’ “ Luis said.
Luis grabbed a bat and started swinging as the robber continued shooting. At one point, he accidentally shoots his accomplice, who later limps out of the store.
One of the bullets hit Luis in the upper inner thigh, nearly hitting a major artery.
Luis’ brother-in-law also fought back, throwing a chair at one of the men and then a fire extinguisher as he ran out of the store.
Luis says he’s just thankful to be alive.
“I want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ because for some reason he still has left me here,” he said.