ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The owner and employee of a south St. Louis pizza shop who were allegedly held at gunpoint during a robbery Saturday night spoke to News 4 about the incident.
The owner of Elicia’s Pizza said he was in the back of the shop doing dishes around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night. He said he walked to the front of the shop and saw the robbers behind the counter pointing a gun at him. They demanded that he open the register, and demanded that the employee get on the ground.
The owner said he sprang for his gun that was on an ankle holster and fired at the suspects. He said the robbers returned fire as they ran out of the store.
"When you have a gun in your face, you do anything you can to protect yourself and your business," the owner said.
28-year-old Romell Cortez Sanders was one of the two suspects. Sanders was hit in the leg and buttocks. He collapsed outside of the store. The other suspect is still at large.
“I’m not that type of person that will be taken advantage of, but I am also not the kind of person that is proud or happy that this happened,” said the owner.
The owner and his employee were not injured. However, owner said they are taking extra security measures.