An armed robbery led to gunfire and a wrecked vehicle in the Eisenhower Crossing shopping center Thursday afternoon.
A California man walked into the Game Stop on Presidential Parkway about 4:30 p.m. brandishing a rifle, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said. The man robbed the store, two customers and two employees. He was identified late Thursday as 34-year-old Javon Britton of Sacramento.
Britton drove off in a four-door, dark green BMW with a female passenger, 23-year-old Maryann Davis, also of Sacramento, who waited in the car for him. As Britton drove away, one of the robbery victims pulled a 9mm pistol and fired several shots at the car, Sheriff Davis said.
Britton drove down a steep embankment behind the store, wrecking the car. It wound up in front of Ashley Furniture HomeStore with all four tires flat, according to the release. Pieces of tire could be seen near the embankment.
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The sheriff’s office did not release the name of the victim who fired at the car. Officials also did not say how much money was stolen from Game Stop or whether all of it was recovered.
Maryann Davis sustained non life-threatening injuries in the wreck and was being treated at a hospital, said sheriff’s Lt. Sean DeFoe.
Britton was in custody being questioned by investigators. According to a news release, the couple will be charged with armed robbery.
Ikiea Battle, 46, and his stepfather were shopping at Bed, Bath & Beyond a couple of hours after the nearby robbery and shooting. Battle said he lives on Winding Way, which is about a mile and a half away from the crime scene.
“It’s kind of frightening being close to home like this,” Battle said. “It could happen anywhere. ... It’s not going to stop me from shopping.”
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