JONESBORO, Ga. -- It happened in a flash.
At the entrance to a store on Tara Boulevard, a would-be robber shot at the store's armed security guard. The security guard, somehow, dodged the bullet. And by his very presence, he stopped the man from robbing the store.
Even though the would-be robber got off a shot and got away, he got away empty-handed -- that is, with nothing but his life. And security guard Joseph Watkins is sure that after that quick confrontation a week ago at the store in Jonesboro, the guy won't be back.
"I literally had nanoseconds" to react, Watkins said Wednesday.
The store's surveillance video recording shows everything.
Watkins was inside the store, near the entrance. It was July 2, at about 8:30 p.m. Through the big, plate-glass windows, Watkins saw a man outside, approaching the entrance, wearing a hoodie and a "scream" mask.