Store Employee Held Without Bond After Shooting Alleged Robber

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An employee in Virginia’s Arlington Smoke Shop is in jail and being held without bond after using a gun to fend off three alleged robbers Sunday around 4:30 a.m.

Fox News reports the owner of the store says his employee, 33-year-old Hamzeh Abushariah, “was sleeping in the store in order to practice social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Around 4:30 a.m. three individuals allegedly broke in while wearing masks. The store owner said, “The neighbor upstairs said when they broke the window it sounded like a car smashing into the store. The employee said it sounded like a shotgun.”

Abushariah grabbed a gun and fired, wounding one of the suspects and causing the other two to flee.

WJLA reports Abushariah used a gun which the store owner had purchased in order to keep the premises safe during the coronavirus crisis.

Arlington County Police charged Abushariah for “malicious wounding, reckless handling of a firearm, and violation of a protective order” and he is being held without bail.

The store owner responded to the arrest and lockup of his employee, saying, “This is very sad. I was born in Arlington, I pay taxes. The gun is registered and everything is perfect. But I can’t believe as American citizens, we are being treated like this. And this gets the criminals out there [thinking] ‘We can go rob stuff, kill people and hurt people and guess what, people have to run out the back door’. This is mind-boggling.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at





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