GA: Store owner delivers message after fatal shooting


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January 10, 2003, 08:48 AM
http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/dekalb/0103/10robbery.html

Store owner delivers message after fatal shooting

'Make your own money; quit trying to take mine,' he tells would-be robbers

By SAEED AHMED

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer

The message might not have sunk in the first time

J.C. Adams killed a man who tried to rob his convenience store.

The 74-year-old store owner hopes it will this time:

"Go to work and make your own money. Quit trying to take mine."

In a virtual repeat of a scenario played out less than three years ago, Adams shot and killed an armed man Thursday night who allegedly tried to hold up the store Adams has owned for a quarter century.

Police said a second accomplice was wounded in the holdup at the Pac-A-Sac store on Lawrenceville Highway.

A female accomplice escaped injuries and was taken into custody.

The suspects were shot while inside the store, police said. They fled and collapsed on the street outside.

Adams, who has owned the small grocery store just inside I-285 for 26 years, said he was in a rear office watching television when he saw the robbers on his store monitor about 10:45 p.m.

The Korean War veteran grabbed his 12-gauge shotgun with one hand. Using his other to guide his walker, he walked to the front of the store and fired a single shot.

"I got two in one shot, that's what the police told me," Adams said.

Police Lt. James Conroy said Adams fired once and hit both the suspects. He also said police found some store items next to the suspects but he would not describe them.

Early Friday morning, police identified the wounded man as Leonard Glover, 19, of Clarkston. He was listed in stable condition at an area hospital.

The woman was identified as Tammy Crystal Jones, 17, also of Clarkston.

The name of the person who was killed was withheld until relatives could be notified.

About three years ago, another would be-robber, Leroy Holt, 32, of Decatur, was killed by a shot in the chest from Adams when Holt and an accomplice tried to hold up the store.

At the time, Holt was on probation for a drug conviction and had served nearly three years in prison for armed robbery.

Adams, who homself was shot inthe buttocks, was back at work and granting interviews 11 hours after the May 30, 2000, incident.

"I don't hurt," Adams said at the time, in his tiny office in the rear of the store. "The shot was through and through, and they gave me a pain shot."

"J.C., you need to retire," a customer urged Adams in the aftermath of the 2000 robbery.

Not yet, he responded. "I think I've got 10,000 more good miles in me."

Adams was not charged in the 2000 incident.

Police have not said if they intend to file charges in the Thursday night robbery.

According to Georgia law, a person is justified in threatening to use force -- or using it -- to defend himself or another person from a third person's "imminent use of unlawful force."

A person also is justified in using force to stop another from committing a forceable felony, such as a rape or armed robbery.

By Adam's estimation, the store has been robbed dozens of times since it opened. The killings, he said, do not rattle him.

"Your heart kind of drops, but you have to stand your ground," he said.

Family and friends who rushed to check on Adams after the Thursday night shooting said they have urged him numerous times to sell the store, but he would not listen.

"We have just learned to live with the fear," said daughter Jan Malone of Decatur.

Adams' wife of 44 years, Mary, said that, during one of the robberies, a man held her husband at gunpoint and demanded his money and his wedding ring.

"The man kept saying 'hurry up, old man, hurry up,'" she said. "He told the man, 'if you don't stop calling me old, I'm going to kill you."

When the alleged robber left the store, Adams grabbed a pistol, followed him out and fired a shot in the air.

The man dropped the bag and ran. Adams reached down and pulled out the ring.

"Many times these guys think that because he's old, he's weak," said Keith Hutcheson, who has known Adams for 15 years. "You don't mess with him.

"And when you do, you pay the price."

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m.i.sanders
January 10, 2003, 09:09 AM
"Go to work and make your own money. Quit trying to take mine."

I'd say that pretty much sums up how the world SHOULD work. I'm glad the old guy's ok. Just hope that I can use a shotgun and a walker at the same time when I'm his age.

dinosaur
January 10, 2003, 09:17 AM
A shotgun in one hand and guiding his walker with the other. I`m guessing it wasn`t a Colt.:)

papercut
January 10, 2003, 09:39 AM
"When I can wake up to news like this, I know it's going to be a good day." -- Neal Boortz (http://www.boortz.com/), Atlanta radio talk-show host, on his radio program this morning.

Boortz started off on this topic, and will probably keep talking about it all morning; listen in to his show on the Internet if you want (http://www.boortz.com/). He is also thanking Mr. Adams rather profusely.

mjustice
January 10, 2003, 09:48 AM
I'm glad the system works. Maybe he should put one of those "Steal Here Die Here" signs in the window. If it didn't offend people, he could leave a chalk outline on the floor :)

MJ

PATH
January 10, 2003, 03:17 PM
It is inspirational to hear such a story. I only hope that when I am his age I'll have such a strong will to persevere. He is an inspiration to all young and old. The world might be safer if we all had his courage.

vulcan
January 10, 2003, 04:06 PM
I'd like to buy him more shells....

45-auto
January 10, 2003, 11:43 PM
Jeff Cooper:

The proper answer to armed robbery is an armed robber dead on the scene.

Who among us would quarrel with that?

The Brits, however, now lack that alternative from what I hear.

They have my sympathy.

4v50 Gary
January 10, 2003, 11:47 PM
'Scuse me guys, but does anyone else think he should get a walker that is easy to use and have guns mounted on it? Laser sighted with a fire switch. Might be much easier than holding the shotgun in one hand & trying to walk with the walker with the other.

sm
January 11, 2003, 12:18 AM
I was thinking of an "Amigo" -battery powered vehicle. When sitting , and taking a break . Allows both hands free to shoot, run'em over for good measure.:D

papercut
January 11, 2003, 12:50 PM
mjustice remarked:
Maybe he should put one of those "Steal Here Die Here" signs in the window. If it didn't offend people, he could leave a chalk outline on the floor

Or at least a door mat with a chalk outline (http://www.lacoroner.com/ProductFrame.cfm?DID=10&CATID=1&ObjectGroup_ID=9&Product_ID=85&From=listall).

glockten
January 11, 2003, 02:59 PM
if you don't stop calling me old, I'm going to kill you.

LOL!

2dogs
January 11, 2003, 08:35 PM
Police have not said if they intend to file charges in the Thursday night robbery.

Oh, let them try, just let them try:evil: :D

El Tejon
January 11, 2003, 09:20 PM
AP ran a photo of him in my city's newspaper. Tough, old bird.

The story said that he switched to a shotgun after a robbery a couple of years ago. "You can't do much with a .38." Well, there you have it. Wisdom from someone who knows!

Blackhawk
January 11, 2003, 09:29 PM
Good for Adams -- a true American hero! :D "Many times these guys think that because he's old, he's weak," said Keith Hutcheson, who has known Adams for 15 years. "You don't mess with him. And a lot of perps think because they've picked on a woman that she's weak. Guns are great equalizers!

I love the "twofer" comment. Talk about sweeping the store out! :neener:

JohnKSa
January 11, 2003, 11:06 PM
Great quote by Adams from another article.

"No need to let something like that live," said Adams

Dorin62
January 12, 2003, 09:24 AM
Way to go !!!! We need more older-younger-men-women-kids,(aw-heck with it) everybody needs this kind of attitude!

BogBabe
January 12, 2003, 10:52 AM
This old guy is a hero in my book.

He examplifies one of my favorite bumper stickers:

Fight crime
Shoot back

pinetree64
January 12, 2003, 11:12 AM
This is the second shooting by JC. The one a couple years ago he got shot in the rear and still managed to kill his attacker.

At work one of or employees was fired up. Talking about how great it was and that he wished the store owner had got them all to save the tax payers money. The guy that sits by him was."why did he have to shoot them...couldn't have called the cops..." :banghead: The other guy, who is from Nigeria, responded that all the cops are good in that type of situation is for mopping up and making reports.

I hate to say it but in the past few years robbers seem to be shooting their victims regardless of whether or not they co-operate. I wouldn't take the chance.

By the way Kim'er, also Atlanta talk radio host is getting JC a new shotgun since JC's was confiscated (though it will be returned).

Tim

hansolo
January 12, 2003, 12:27 PM
We should all chip-in and buy this Marksman a "Tactical Wheelchair":rolleyes:

Jim V
January 12, 2003, 06:39 PM
The second article with the "No need to let something like that live." quote can be found: HERE (http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/0110elderly-crimestopper10-ON.html)

J. C. Adams has enough quotes to fill a buncha signatures.

Jim V
January 12, 2003, 06:50 PM
A follow up story can be found: HERE (http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/0110elderly-crimestopper10-ON.html)

I'd say that J. C. Adams has enough quotes to fill up a whole bunch of sig lines.

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