A masked robber clearly had no idea what he was up against when he burst into Forest Acres Liquor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and demanded that owner Tina Ring and her daughter, Ashley Lee, hand over all of the money in their cash register.
The suspect pointed a shotgun at Ring as he made his demands, with Ring, 53, consumed by worry about her daughter’s safety.
Rather than stand down, though, Ring and Ashley Lee thought fast and defended themselves, shooting the robber at least twice. What followed was a pretty brutal brawl.
Security footage shows Ring and Lee, 30, allowing the man to grab the cash from the register, but then the situation takes a turn, as Ring and Lee sprung into action. Tulsa World has more:
In security footage of the robbery, Ashley Lee is seen at the front counter when the suspect enters the store holding a shotgun. She opens the register and puts her hands up as he rifles through the register.
Then, after it appears he’s going to leave the store, Lee and her mother crouch behind the counter and Lee hands a pistol from under the register to her mother. Suddenly, the suspect is seen running back behind the counter. At that point, Ring fires her first shot.
Ring fired multiple shots at the accused, who then tried to get the gun out of her hands. Meanwhile, Ashley Lee grabbed her own gun and started firing at the man as well. The assailant appeared to be hit each time, but he didn’t back down.
He pistol whipped Ring as he brutally struggled to take her firearm away.
Watch some of the insane security footage below (caution: violence):
In the end, the mother and daughter were able to flee the store; the suspect, too, left the store and eventually checked himself into a hospital. Ring said she’s “still in shock” over all that unfolded.
“I don’t think I have really processed everything yet,” she told Tulsa World.
The mother and daughter have spoken in interviews together since last week’s incident, turning emotional as thanked one another.
“She saved my life,” Ring said, to which her daughter emotionally responded, “You saved my life.”
Justin Christian, Ring’s son, told the outlet that the suspect’s aunt came to the store and apologized after the incident. He said his family embraced her and also apologized.