Family of black teen who attempted armed robbery irate that a Good Samaritan shot him (Video)

It is understandable that the parents  would be upset upon learning their 18-year-old son had been shot multiple times and was in the hospital. But the circumstances under which Adric White bought five rounds makes his parents’ complaint at least questionable.

On Nov. 12, White entered a dollar store wearing a mask. Flashing a gun and demanding money, he ordered one of the employees to open the cash drawer.

Unbeknownst to him, he was not the only customer on the premises, nor was he the only person carrying. A man, which local station Fox10 identifies in its report only as a Good Samaritan, sprang into action. He told reporters:

He had the gun to [a clerk’s] head. He had him on his knees. “I drew my gun on him and I said ‘Hey don’t move.’ At that point he swung around and before he had a chance to aim the gun at me I fired. I didn’t want to shoot him.

White was transported to the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, where he is expected to make a full recovery. In the meantime, he remains in police custody.

A relative of the youth who did not want to be identified said White should have never been shot:

If his [the customer’s] life was not in danger, if no one had a gun up to him, if no one pointed a gun at him – what gives him the right to think that it’s okay to just shoot someone? You should have just left the store and went wherever you had to go in your car or whatever.

It may seem callous to feel no sympathy for the family or the child, but that task becomes harder when you consider that White had “a record.” In fact, he was out on bond for a prior robbery when he was shot by the shopper. Employees of the store are grateful to the customer, who they believe saved their lives.

If the families’ outrage over the fate of their wayward teen relative sounds familiar, it is perhaps because a very scenario played several days earlier in Reading, Pa. There two armed with guns entered and robbed into a convenience store only to encounter a “concerned citizen” as they were leaving. Shots were exchanged but the two thugs fared less well than Adric White, ending up in the morgue, not the hospital.

The families of the dead thieves are also speaking out and demanding justice, which one might argue was precisely what they received.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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