Store owner: if my gun hadn't jammed, 'he'd be dead' - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Store owner: if my gun hadn't jammed, 'he'd be dead'

Dwight Houser shows FOX6 News the bullet holes throughout his Southside store Friday (source WBRC video) Dwight Houser shows FOX6 News the bullet holes throughout his Southside store Friday (source WBRC video)

By Ashley Nix

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A wild scene Friday morning in downtown Birmingham, right in the middle of rush hour traffic, where police say an armed suspect came into a BP gas station off University Boulevard, turning the scene into a shootout between the suspect and store owner.

Dwight Houser showed FOX6 News the bullet holes throughout his Southside store Friday afternoon. He said he knows he's lucky to be alive after he said an armed robber came into his store around 7:15 a.m., holding a gun to his cashier's head.  

"He came in, gave no warning, took the gun, put it straight to Ken's head," Houser said.  "Ken ran in the office... once he ran in, I shut the door, I got my gun, and I returned fire.  I did the only thing I knew to do, take care of my people and I shot back."  

But, as Houser returned fire, his gun jammed, and as he was trying to retrieve another weapon, the suspect was wildly firing away.  

Bullet holes are now evident all over the inside of his store.  Shockingly, no one was hit by gunfire.  

Houser believes if his gun wouldn't have been jammed, the suspect would likely be dead.  

"He'd be dead, he was behind my counter beating the register with a gun," Houser said.  "He put a gun to my guy's head, he deserved to die, but I'm blessed he didn't.  After it's said and done, I'm glad I didn't hit him.  I just did what came natural, I'm blessed I didn't hit him, I'm very lucky."

Keep in mind, this all happened in the middle of downtown rush hour and several customers were outside pumping gas.  Houser said people could hear it at the red light.  

"Witnesses came in and said they heard bang, bang, bang, bang."

The suspect reportedly went to nearby Southtown Housing where witnesses followed him.  Police then took him into custody.  Charges are pending.

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