Shots Fired When Store Owner Chases After Armed Robber

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SCRANTON -- The owner of a dollar store chased after an armed robber who stole a donation box. The robber got away, but not without firing shots at the store owner.

The owner of Disco Dollar in the Green Ridge Plaza in Scranton says when a robber with a gun walked out of his store Monday morning, he felt like he had to follow him and stand up for himself.

"It's just the fact that you're taking advantage of me. It's just, you know, demeaning," said Farooq Ahmed.

Ahmed says it was knee-jerk reaction he wouldn't recommend anyone else try. A robber pointed a gun at him while he was behind the counter. There was nothing in the cash register, so the robber grabbed a donation jar and some lighters and made his way out of the store.

"He actually didn't expect me to come after him because he showed me a gun and he kind of chambered it, so when I went out, that's when he panicked, and he ran."

The robber led Farooq to train tracks behind the shopping plaza. That's when things took a turn.

"He fired once, and then I was like, 'Whoa, dude, like for 20 bucks?' C'mon, you know? And then I started following him again and then he turned around and actually aimed at me and fired. I could hear the bullet go past me. The police officers were saying to me that was pretty close, so don't ever do that again. I wasn't really thinking. It was a spur of the moment kind of thing."

Ahmed says his reaction was a demand for respect. Shoppers were shocked by what he did.

"Scary, because figure this way, right now they're there, but what if I was in the store at the time, you know? I'd be a goner! It's very sad, but hopefully, they will catch him. And I think they will because the cops here in Scranton, they're great."

Ahmed says the money in the donation jar was meant for various charities run by Scranton's fire and police departments. He also says it couldn't have contained any more than $30.

Anyone with information on the robber is asked to call Scranton police.


  • Archie Beal

    Rewrite and repeal ammendment 2 and 4. Get rid of the firearms. This day in age with all the terrorism ans affiliated nonsense, law enforcement should be allowed to search and seize what ever they feel necessary. Law abiding citizens would not have an issue with this. Non law abiding citizens would.

  • Archie Beal

    The whole bill of rights need to be rewritten. Society has evolved to the point they really need to be adjusted. If the confiscation of firearms is needed so be it. We as a society have proven they cannot and should not possess firearms. They have to go. The law enforcement and military personnel are the only that should possess firearms. Society ruined it on themselves.

  • Archie Beal

    The NRA is one of the biggest contributing factors to the gun violence issues we are facing today. Again the 2nd and 4th ammendments need to be repealed and rewritten. They are both simply antiquated and have not evolve with society.

    • Michael

      You are a moron. You are welcome to give up your rights but don’t think for a moment that the rest of us will. At least not until we run it of ammo.

    • Lloyd Schmucatelli

      Hahaha good luck pal. You can rewrite the laws all you want. Go the Phuk ahead.

      Then what?

      Then comes (attempted) confiscation.


      How do you think THAT will play out?????

      Have you ever heard of alcohol prohibition?

      Have you ever heard of the one main cause of the revolutionary PHUKN war???

      How’d that work out?

      I hate stupid people.

      I will defend my grandfathers America to the death.

  • Archie Beal

    I don’t need not nor want a membership to the NRA. Save your $$$. They are a big part of this problem

    • Are you kidding!?!

      How so? Please elaborate with fact based information, not talking points from (fill in the blank) anti-gun organization(s).

  • Archie Beal

    Where is this clerk’s common sense. What an idiot. And to think people don’t believe there should be modifications to the 2nd ammendment. Good God. We have people with no common sense chasing after crooks. Can you imagine the fiasco if this fool of a clerk was armed. You kidding me? Firearms need to be taken away. Law enforcement and military personnel only to be permitted to have firearms. Period. This is a prime example of the zealous fools of society

    • Michael

      Surely you are a leftist moron. It’s doesn’t take a gun to kill someone but someone with a gun as defense does not need to be a victim to make you feel safe.

  • John Layton

    my kids; 16 yr old daughter and 12 yr old son like to walk there from our greenridge home; they first time they went I ask if the store had cameras, as they makes me feel more secure in letting my kids go to shop there. So, I have to ask what kind of a moron robs a store that has video cameras?? And in the middle of the day?

  • tbalz

    seriously! how much money are you gonna really steal at the disco dollar. has to be a stoned out crackhead.

  • pot smoker

    I love Scranton/ Wilkesbaree area , You couldn’t get me on an exit ramp anywhere near there , stupid people cutting their own throats — rob a dollar store — winner !

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