7-Eleven Customer With Concealed Weapon Takes Out Armed Robbers

A customer legally carrying a gun shot two armed men who were robbing a 7-Eleven, ending a multi-store robbery spree.

Virginia Beach, VA – A citizen with a legal gun in a 7-Eleven put an end to a multi-store armed robbery spree when he shot two of the three suspects who tried to rob the store where he was shopping.

Police believe the string of robberies began at about 10:54 p.m. on July 24 at a 7-Eleven located at 10185 Warwick Boulevard, WTKR reported.

The clerk told Newport News police that three men entered the business and one of them was armed. He said the men demanded that he open the cash register.

The suspects took cash and tobacco products and then left, according to WTKR.

Virginia Beach police responded to 7-Eleven located at 1010 Pacific Avenue at about 12:28 a.m. for the report of another armed robbery.

The suspects stole cigarettes and smoking devices at their second target, WTKR reported.

Yet another 7-Eleven store, this one located at 3235 Chesapeake Boulevard, was robbed by the same men at about 1 a.m.

The clerk told police that the three men were armed with guns and demanded money. The clerk gave it to them and they left, WTKR reported.

Police responded to another 7-Eleven armed robbery call at about 2 a.m. for the store located at 6667 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard.

That clerk told police that two armed men had demanded money and he had complied, WTKR reported.

The robbery spree came to an end at about 2:10 a.m. when the suspects attempted to rob a 7-Eleven located at 130 South Newtown Road, according to Virginia Beach Police Public Affairs Officer Linda Kuehn.

Police arrived at the store to find two suspects suffering from gunshot wounds.

Michael Moore, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other wounded suspect was transported to the hospital where he was treated and then released into police custody, WTKR reported.

Witnesses told police that two armed men were robbing the store clerks when a customer with a gun confronted and ultimately shot them.

The customers who were in the store when the shooting occurred told WTKR they considered the customer with a gun who shot the suspects a “hero.”

An officer found the third suspect nearby and arrested him, Office Kuehn said.

Ronald Lee Brookins Jr., 18, was charged with two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, abduction, and wearing a mask in public, according to WTKR.

Brookins told the judge that he is active-duty Navy during his arraignment.

Deric Breon Simmons, 19, was charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, WTKR reported.

Norfolk and Newport police have linked the same suspects to at least three more 7-Eleven robberies that were conducted during the same time window.

Portsmouth and Suffolk police were investigating whether Brookins and Simmons might be responsible for similar unsolved robberies in their jurisdictions, according to WTKR.

Comments (52)
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AnnykaV
AnnykaV

He WAS active-duty Navy.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Excellent.

Danimyl
Danimyl

Active Duty in the Navy? yet he still felt the need to rob people at gunpoint. Can't blame that on society

new2lv2
new2lv2

Awesome job good citizen!

redpill
redpill

Would love to see this type of happy ending story more often. #buyguns #firearmtraining #CCW

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

“But he was a great kid” “He was Serving his country” “he always called every Tuesday to tell His momma that he loved her” “he was shot because he was a black man at the wrong place and time” “it wasn’t a real gun, couldn't they have known the difference?” “Why didn’t that person shoot him in the leg to stop him, or shoot the gun out his hands?” To all the haters on here, Do I sound stupid saying these things? Because that’s what is normal people been hearing all these years, story after story and we’re sick of hearing it. They played the game, they lost. They made their own decision to rob stores, and they will pay the price. So excuses are not what we want to hear. In my opinion it’s too bad they all didn’t end up like the first one. That’s all their good for anyway. Robbing stores and Terrorizing staff. Now we have to pay for the other 2 dumb asses whom I can guarantee can’t afford their own lawyer, pay for nice court attire, and while they’re in jail, we’ll have to pay to keep them alive also. It would be a lot cheaper if they were dead. Why do we still have to support these people who make dumb decisions. They already got Welfare, food stamps, etc. now they’ll get free food, free shelter, free education, free “gym membership” and still not work a fucking day in their lives. Good for nothing. All these dumb asses who do dumb things and make wrong and stupid decisions are good for jack shit.

JBo
JBo

That's what happens when you get greedy and push your luck...luck runs out.

CinGuz
CinGuz

There are going to be a lot more stories like this until the police are allowed to do their jobs again. Guaranteed, people who legally conceal and carry won't hold back using deadly force like a police officer would.

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

One more breeder off the streets.

Glockman43
Glockman43

As a retired L.E.O. My wife and I never leave home without being LEGALLY armed.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I never leave home without mine, but I keep it in the car. I have no qualms about using it to protect myself, but having never been in the military or a LEO I doubt I would take on two armed guys. I would intercede in a brawl or someone getting beaten with bats chains or knives, but not 1 gun against 2. That guy really was a hero!

twostickmack
twostickmack

another one bites the dust lol too bad it wasent all 3 of them

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

These kids were going to turn the corner the next day.........how sad. I hope their mom is tremendously proud of their kids... Great job.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good job sir Charles Bronson will be proud of you

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

This man stopped these three from doing God only knows what else, and people want to take away other's right to carry. They wouldn't of felt that way had they been in that store! Job well done Sir.

Gramercy
Gramercy

YES! Guns in the RIGHT HANDS do EXACTLY what they are meant to do! I would call the man a HERO also!

Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

Three less POS on the street.

TexasStrong
TexasStrong

I love a happy ending. 7-Eleven should give the armed customer a commendation.

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

Good thing it wasn't a Gun Free Zone. However, that wouldn't have kept the bad guys out. Score: Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Hopefully more armed law abiding citizens will do the same. Maybe --the citizen who carries and shoots will have a better chance of minimizing injury, they may take out 1 or 2 of these scum in the process, once this occurs more frequently the scum may think 2 or 3 times about committing the crime in the first place, and if the scum are killed it then lessens the burden on all others ....including the state.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

EDC.....never leave home without it!

sturnman22
sturnman22

Needs more time at range but good shooting!

Mic911
Mic911

This guy is in deep shit! Not only going to prison for the robberies, but the Navy will nail his butt as well....several violations of UCMJ, and dishonorable discharge await him. Plus the possibilty he may get sentenced to Leavenworth..and his family will say "he is such a good person, never did no wrong" .

unclehomerr ..
unclehomerr ..

Gilroy.. Actor had a shooting gallery till 3 men with guns showed up! More Guns - Less Crime!

sammysanchezocasio
sammysanchezocasio

A good guy with a gun. Count me in. lol