Customer shot during attempted robbery of Portsmouth bar

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A bar customer is recovering after police say a juvenile shot him Monday night while trying to rob the business.

“I looked outside and was like, ‘Wow,'” said Joshua Farrow, who lives across the street. “I heard two shots. A couple of seconds later, I hear some fussing. It sound like fussing and screaming.”

Portsmouth police say it happened around 11:30 p.m. at the Blue Jacket Inn on George Washington Highway, near Elm Avenue.

“I was so scared,” said Kim Miller, who owns the Blue Jacket Inn. “He had a gun and he shot.”

A suspect entered the tavern, pulled out a gun and tried to rob the employees. A customer tried to intervene, and was shot in the upper torso.

“We dialed 911 and everybody, people, my customers, tried to help,” Miller said.

“The situation could’ve been different if he had gotten shot in a different part of the body,” said Detective Misty Holley, with Portsmouth Police.

Police say other customers were able to apprehend the suspect, a 15-year-old male, and held him until officers arrived.

Paramedics took the customer to the hospital with serious injuries. Police say the victim, who is 22-years-old, is expected to be okay.

Police say the 15-year-old has been charged with robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and aggravated malicious wounding.

Police also recommend people do not get involved in situations like this one, unless their lives are on the line. Detective Holley said, “It’s always better to be a good witness than to get injured or put yourself in a situation where you can lose your life.”

Miller is still shaken up, but the doors of the bar will stay open.

“I try to help everybody, take care of everybody, make sure everybody doesn’t get hurt,” she said.

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