NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An 88-year-old liquor store owner opened fire on a man she thought was stealing from her shop.
May Boyce is now charged with aggravated assault, WSMV reported.
The man was injured in the shooting, but is recovering, WTVF reported.
Boyce was released on $10,000 bond, WTVF reported.
Police said four men were in the liquor store when the shooting happened. They said the man who was wounded, Ramon Fisher, walked up to the counter and Boyce felt afraid that the men were going to steal from her. She said she knew what was going to happen because of the way Fisher walked up to the counter. She set the gun next to the register, unwrapping it to show Fisher that she was armed, WKRN reported.
Boyce told police Fisher lunged at her and she thought he was going to knock her down. He then went toward the exit. Boyce yelled at him to stop, then pointed the gun to the floor in Fisher’s direction and fired once.
He yelled that he had been shot and fell into a stack of bottles. One of the men he was with helped him up and left the store.
Fisher told police, while under medication at the hospital, that he had been drinking and using cocaine, and that he and his friends went to the store to steal alcohol. Fisher was wounded in the back. The day after the incident, Fisher told police a different account of what happened, telling them he wasn’t going to steal the booze, but that his friend told him to grab it and he was going to pay, WKRN reported.