Police: Good Samaritan shoots, injures robbery suspect in Aurora

Posted at 9:16 PM, Mar 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-17 12:35:35-04

AURORA, Colo. – A good guy with a gun helped stop a bad guy with a gun in Aurora Friday afternoon, according to the Aurora Police Department.

A shooting at the Village East Grocery Store in the area of East Mississippi Avenue and South Peoria Street led police to the crime scene at around 2:09 p.m., where they found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot of the grocery store, according to a press release.

“It is believed that the female victim is the owner of the grocery store and that she sustained her injuries during a robbery of the business,” Aurora Police spokesman Kenneth Forrest said in a statement.

The woman was taken to a hospital where she currently remains in serious, but stable condition.

Forrest said that during the investigation, officers determined that a Good Samaritan confronted the robbery suspect outside of the grocery store and shot him. The suspect then fled the area.

James Sagere, who works at the barber shop next to the grocery store, said the Good Samaritan is a fellow barber in the shop who wanted to help their friend next door.

"He’s a hero. He’s a hero," said Sagere, who was concerned the shooter might come back. "If it wasn’t for him being here, I don’t know how that could have ended up. I’m not sure if one of us could have got hurt."

Sagere said the Good Samaritan barber has a concealed carry license.

A short time later, officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound in the area of South Joliet Street and East Garden Drive.

“Officers believe that the male was the robbery and shooting suspect who had fled from the area of the grocery store,” Forrest said.

The man was taken into custody and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The robbery and shooting are still being investigated. If anyone has information that could help law enforcement, contact Sergeant Thomas Graham at (303) 739-1809.

Grocery store shooting third in Aurora on Friday

The shooting at the Village East Grocery Store was the third shooting in Aurora on Friday. 

A fight between multiple people inside the Town Center mall led to gunfire Friday afternoon, causing panic among shoppers. It's not clear how many arrests were made as police said "several people" were taken into custody. No one was injured, according to police. 

A suspect was also taken into custody about two hours later near E. 4th Avenue and N. Sable Boulevard following a deadly shooting in the area. Police are investigating it as a homicide.