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Owner Of Cookie Store Cited For Firing Gun At Thieves

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File photo of a person holding a handgun. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

File photo of a person holding a handgun. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

MEMPHIS (CBS Charlotte) – A cookie store owner was cited by police for firing shots at thieves in the parking lot of a mall and now the store’s lease is in jeopardy.

According to WREG-TV, three men grabbed $45 out of the cash register of a cookie store located inside of Southland Mall.

The owner of the store chased the men out of the mall with a 9mm gun firing three shots.  No one suffered any injuries.

“Bringing a gun and then pulling it out in front of a bunch of people that’s setting a bad example for your company,” said Phil Ross in an interview with WREG-TV.

Signs are posted on the doors of the mall stating no guns allowed inside.  The mall’s strict policy follows a 2010 shooting where a security guard was killed.  Since then, the mall management has increased security by employing 13 security guards.  Also, the Memphis Police Department’s South Precinct is located nearby.

“He could have hit anybody. There are a lot of kids out here in this area, especially around this time at the mall,” said Joshua Nunley in an interview with WREG-TV.

Management of Southland Mall have not said whether or not the cookie store owner will be allowed to keep his lease.

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