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A jewelry store owner used an AK-47 clone to defend his store, employees, and customers from four armed attackers during a dramatic gunfight. The gunfight happened at high noon on three October, 2016. The attackers came in shooting. But surprise and speed were not enough to win the fight against the store owner and employees. From yourhoustonnews.com
In a hail of gunfire, Conroe jewelry store owner Jeffery Turner Jr. made the decision to shoot back – with his AK-47 rifle – at four men who opened fire on his customers and staff during an attempted robbery Monday afternoon.This wasn't the first rodeo for the owner and employees of Jeff's Jewelry in Conroe, Texas. In 2014, there was a robbery attempt where five armed robbers were scared off by an employee with a shotgun. From khou.com:
In the aftermath of the bullet spray, one robber lay dead in the doorway among shattered glass; while Turner, his employees and customers were left shaken but unharmed.
"God was with us today, he had his arms around everybody that was in there today," said Warner.Link to video on 2014 robbery attempt
This isn't the first time Jeff's Jewelry was hit. Back in 2014, a group of armed robbers barged in, but were scared off when they realized an employee had a gun.
This time, customers are glad the owner was prepared.
"I'm just thankful we're all ok, and he's ok because he really stood up for everybody," said Havens.
Defense against multiple attackers is where AK-47 clones and similar modern sport utility rifles shine. They have the magazine capacity, point-ability, and ease of operation to give a significant edge to the defender. The AK family of firearms is legendary for its reliability. The power of AK and AR type rifles, in the common calibers of 7.62X39, and 5.56X45, while modest by rifle standards, outclasses all common pistol calibers.
In addition to the AK-47 clone, at least two other employees were armed and firing back at the attackers.
The attackers were four black men in black clothing. There were multiple surveillance cameras in the store. The video has not been released at this point.
One of the advantages of defense of self and others is the production of evidence at the scene. Blood traces are useful for DNA analysis. A body has considerable evidence attached.
With one of the attackers dead, it is likely that the others will be apprehended shortly. It is not known if any of the other attackers were wounded.
Link to Gun Watch