On March 26 a 16-year-old suspect in a hoodie walked up to a grocery store counter and drew a fake gun, only to have the store clerk pull a real one and end the ruse.
The incident occurred at the Nuevo Mexico grocery in Des Plaines, Illinois, during morning hours.
According to ABC 7, surveillance video shows the suspect walk up and place an item on the counter, then pull out “an air soft gun” and point it toward the clerk. The clerk then pulled his own gun and the 16-year-old suspect fled. The clerk gave chase, firing an unknown number of rounds at the suspect.
Des Plaines Police Department Chief Bill Kushner said the suspect is “fortunate that he wasn’t shot, he’s fortunate he wasn’t killed.” Kushner added, “People are going to get killed as a result of crimes with air soft guns and they’re not going be the victims, they’re going to be the offenders.”
The suspect was identified via the surveillance recording and both he and an accomplice were arrested.