Family of black teen who attempted armed robbery irate that a Good Samaritan shot him

Adric WhiteIt is understandable that the parents of an 18-year-old would be upset upon learning their son had been shot multiple times and was in the hospital. But the circumstances under which Adric White bought five rounds at the hands of an armed bystander makes his parents’ complaint at least questionable.

White was in the process of robbing a dollar store on Nov. 12. He entered the establishment wearing a mask. Flashing a gun and demanding money, he led one of the employees to the front and the cash drawer.

Unbeknownst to him, he was not the only customer on the premises, nor was he the only person carrying. A man, which local station Fox10 identifies in its report only as a Good Samaritan, sprang into action. He told reporters:

He had the gun to [a clerk’s] head. He had him on his knees. “I drew my gun on him and I said ‘Hey don’t move.’ At that point he swung around and before he had a chance to aim the gun at me I fired. I didn’t want to shoot him.

[Video of Fox 10 news report here]

White was transported to the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, where he is expected to make a full recovery. In the meantime, he remains in police custody.

A relative of the youth who did not want to be identified said White should have never been shot:

If his [the customer’s] life was not in danger, if no one had a gun up to him, if no one pointed a gun at him – what gives him the right to think that it’s okay to just shoot someone? You should have just left the store and went wherever you had to go in your car or whatever.

It may seem callous to feel no sympathy for the family or the child, but that task becomes harder when you consider that White had “a record.” In fact, he was out on bond for a prior robbery when he was shot by the shopper. Employees of the store are grateful to the customer, who they believe saved their lives.

If the families’ outrage over the fate of their wayward teen relative sounds familiar, it is perhaps because a very scenario played several days earlier in Reading, Pa. There two armed with guns entered and robbed into a convenience store only to encounter a “concerned citizen” as they were leaving. Shots were exchanged but the two thugs fared less well than Adric White, ending up in the morgue, not the hospital.

The families of the dead thieves are also speaking out and demanding justice, which one might argue was precisely what they received.

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