An employee at Arlington Smoke Shop in Virginia was arrested and charged with three counts related to firing a weapon at burglars who broke into the store where he was sleeping. Hamzeh Abushariah faces the charges of reckless handling of a firearm, malicious wounding, and violation of a protective order. It is baffling that using a weapon against criminals turns someone into a felon in Virginia. Abushariah faces up to 25 years in prison for defending himself and property from criminals.
According to police reports, the three burglars broke into the store and started stealing cash and merchandise. Abushariah opened the sales door and fired his weapon, wounding one of the suspects who was a juvenile. The 33-year old retreated to the backroom and then reentered the salesroom and fired again at the suspects as they tried to escape. Two of the burglars managed to escape unscathed on foot.
The owner of the store, Jowan Zuber, who provided Abushariah with the firearm, was furious at the police actions.
"The neighbor upstairs said when they broke the window it sounded like a car smashing into the store," Zuber said during Tucker Carlson Tonight. "The employee said it sounded like a shotgun."
Zuber said the police officers told Abushariah he should have run out the backdoor. The store owner could not post the $25,000 bail for his employee as he was denied the chance after the prosecutor appealed the decision.
Many people are gaining interest in owning firearms during the covid-19 crisis when many people have become jobless, and criminality is expected to rise. Supply for necessities is also dwindling with citizens forced to fight over various goods in the stores.
"It's very sad for America today as American citizens practice their Second Amendment to protect the store and their lives," the store owner said.
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