By Andrew PerezJoe Salvatore
- Updated: Friday, November 15, 2013, 10:57 PM CST
- Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 9:24 PM CST
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The family of a suspected thief is lashing out after their son was shot during an armed robbery.
Relatives of Adric White, 18, believe the Good Samaritan who opened fire should have “just left the store.”
FOX10 spoke exclusively with a customer who stepped in to rescue employees held at gunpoint Tuesday, November 12.
The Good Samaritan, who we are not identifying, told FOX10 News he was shopping at the Family Dollar on Stanton road when he noticed a masked gunman leading one of the employees to the front of the store.
“He had the gun to his head. He had him on his knees,” said the man. “I drew my gun on him and I said ‘Hey don’t move.’ At that point he swung around and before he had a chance to aim the gun at me I fired. I didn’t want to shoot him.”
White was transported to USA Medical Center, where he remains in police custody.
A family member who did not want to be identified said White should have never been shot to begin with.
“If his (the customer) life was not in danger, if no one had a gun up to him, if no one pointed a gun at him – what gives him the right to think that it’s okay to just shoot someone?” said the relative. “You should have just left the store and went wherever you had to go in your car or whatever.”
FOX10 had interviewed White’s parents but they later called and demanded the video not be aired.
Court records show that White was out on bond for robbing The Original Oyster House at gunpoint a little more than a month before the Family Dollar robbery.
We asked one relative her thoughts about the accusations.
“We don’t know. Like I said, we don’t know anything. We only know what we’ve been hearing second hand through the news. I would not like to comment because I don’t know,” she said.
Records show the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office has now filed to have White’s original bond revoked.
Relatives said they have not been able to see the teen at USA Medical Center since he remains in police custody.
Meanwhile, Mobile Police have also arrested 19-year-old Tavoris Moss as an accomplice to the Family Dollar robbery.
Police maintain that the Good Samaritan who opened fire was justified and broke no laws.