Police: Cocoa store clerk shoots would-be robber

- Three suspects are in custody following an armed robbery and shooting that occurred at a Cocoa convenience store on Tuesday. One of the three suspects was hospitalized and has undergone surgery for gunshot wounds as a result of an attempted armed robbery, police say.    

Officers responded to the Chevron at 6 South Cocoa Blvd. just after 8 p.m. for a panic alarm.  Investigators learned that shots had been fired and a man was wounded.  They found the man in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds and the service station owner was holding him at gunpoint. 

Officers said the would-be robber entered the store wearing a mask, pointed a gun at the shopkeeper and demanded money.  That's when the owner pulled out a gun and shot the suspect several times. 

"The guy opened the door and wear ski mask and one hand by plastic bag and one hand have gun," the store owner told FOX 35.  "Then, I reach my gun and ... I shot him."

The wounded suspect, identified as Norrick Hyman, 31, tried to run with help from two other suspects in a silver Camaro.  The shopkeeper fired shots at the vehicle as it came toward him in the parking lot and the driver fled. 

Officers located the Camaro in Rockledge and the three suspects were taken into custody. Hyman was airlifted to the hospital where he is currently being treated. The driver of the car has been identified as DeJuan Wright, 24, and the other passenger is Janisha Smith, 23. All three have been charged with robbery with a firearm.  

"Officers and sergeants had the scene under control in seconds and were able to separate independent witnesses that proved extremely helpful in getting out a description of the vehicle that was involved," said Detective Ben Erskine.  "Two of the suspect have been committing serious felonies in Cocoa for a long time."                

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