Opelika Man Fights Against Robbers

OPELIKA, AL (WXTX) - Armed with a semi automatic handgun, police say two teenage boys robbed an Opelika convenience store of money and cigarettes. Police say as the teens were leaving, a man inside the store pulled out his own gun and fired. That man, John Ingrahm , spoke with Fox 54 about what happened.

"Yes I was scared, they had a gun to my head you can't help but be scared," Ingram said.

John Ingram's friends call him Sunny. Tuesday afternoon, Sunny was helping his friend Aeericka Wright as she worked her cashiers shift at the Shoppers Stop on Marvin Parkway. Sunny doesn't like Wright to work alone.

"Two guys come in with a mask an a gun and pointed it at me and told me to give up the money. They put the gun to my head and clicked it back and told me he wanted it all and wanted me to open the register and I told him you open it, he did and he got the money and ran out the door," explained Ingram.

Wright, who was stocking shelves, hid and called 911. Then she heard a single gunshot.

"I ran out behind them and shot once and they ran across the road," said Ingram.

Responding officers were able to set up a perimeter in the area and a short time later and a short distance from the scene they were able to apprehend both suspects.

"That was they best think that they could have happened they did their jobs and did it well," Ingram said.

16-year old Ladarius Payne of Opelika and a 14 year old juvenile were arrested for Robbery First Degree, police plan on charging both as adults.

"I'm thankful to God that I didn't hit one of them, me having a 15 year old myself. I wouldn't have been able to sleep, so sad," said Ingram.