Auto sales employee hurt after man pulls gun


by Maggie Ruper

Posted on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 22 at 12:28 PM

Shooting at Belgray Auto Sales

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(WHAS11) -- A normal business day at Belgray Auto Sales turned into chaos just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Workers say a woman who just purchased a car came in to have repairs done.

“We weren't going to charge her anything to fix that car. I just wanted her to make her payment,” said Assistant Manager Dennis Williams.

Williams said the woman refused to pay her monthly amount.

“I said, ‘Well then you can't take the car,’ she said, ‘Well then I want to get my stuff,’ and we were going to let her get her stuff and then next thing I know she went off,” Williams said.

Workers said a man the woman was with then jumped in and a fight broke out. Police said the man took a gun and pistol whipped one of the employees and then Williams said his 82-year-old boss jumped in.

“He pulled the gun out and he put it up against my bosses head and so I grabbed his gun and we were wrestling for the gun and I had it and he had it and then he pulled back and that's when he pulled the trigger,” Williams said.

A bullet flew by his head and Williams said the man then made threats.

“That's when he got the gun and told us he was going to kill us all and he took off,” Williams said. Police arrested the man a short time later and Williams said the woman eventually apologized.

“Nothing is worth all this. Nothing is worth somebody’s life, but you know we weren't trying to do anything wrong. We didn't lay a hand on her. They started the violence. We just tried to defend ourselves,” Williams said.

The other workers involved were treated for non-life threatening injuries. No word on what charges may be filed.