LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - THV 11 is following up on a robbery turned shooting in Southwest Little Rock where multiple shots were fired by both the suspect and the store owner.
Store Owner Miguel Martinez said he felt had to pull out his gun and fire at the robber to protect his 17-year-daughter and 20-year-old son. His children were with him in his Baseline Road grocery store when this all broke out Thursday night.
At the Santa Maria Mexican store in Southwest Little Rock, bullet holes show reminders of the night before.
"I walking like this, and him walking behind me with a gun to the head," said Martinez, as he walked THV 11's Max Seigle through what happened in his store.
Martinez said he was held up at gunpoint by a robber along with two of his childten. Standing behind the counter he says, "Him here. Me and my daughter here. My son there, so he put the gun to my daughter and my son and me, so I feel scared, you know."
Little Rock Police said the man accused of this robbery is Alvin Aikens, who is now in custody at the Pulaski County Detention Center. Martinez said that the shooting began after Aikens allegedly took two money wallets and headed for the door.
"I get my gun, and I pull it. They make noise. He stopped there and started shooting, and I shoot him back. After that I don't know what happens because he ran away," Martinez said.
Martinez thinks that as many as nine shots were fired between the two men. Police would later find Aikens at a nearby apartment complex with two gunshot wounds to his leg. Martinez said pulling the trigger came from a father's instinct.
"They help me after school, and they help me here, so I think I (would) feel bad if something happens to them because they help me," Martinez said.
He said he just wanted to protect to his kids, who were helping their Dad again Friday getting the business back to normal.
Martinez said Aikens stole close to $4,000 in cash, and he said he hasn't received any of it back yet.
Martinez added that this wasn't the first time that his store was robbed. He said that it has happened two other times before, but this is the first time where a shooting took place.
Aikens is facing charges on aggravated robbery, theft of property and fleeing. Leading up to all this, Little Rock police said he was out on bond from a string of other robberies he allegedly committed in the area.