Armed Robber Shot and Killed at Hookah Shop Where Owners Encouraged Employees to Carry Guns

August 12 2014
by GSL Staff
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Incident at a Glance
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A hookah/smoke shop in Albuquerque , New Mexico had been robbed several times in the past.

The robberies got so bad that the owners of the shop encouraged their employees to carry firearms while working.

That policy proved to be the correct one on Sunday afternoon.

According to KOB4, a suspected armed robber was shot dead by a person working at the shop during a robbery attempt.


The suspect was found already deceased inside of the business by responding officers.

According to KRQE, the owner of the establishment is convinced his employees saved lives,

“His intentions were not just to take the money. I am not sure why he came back, we are not sure why he came back, he came back, from the looks of it, extremely, extremely angry just looking to hurt people. He came in to hurt whoever was in that store at that moment,” said [Kane Oueis, the owner of the shop.]

“We did not have a gun in there, one of our employees did and it wasn’t on him at the moment. It was actually hidden in his backpack. He actually had to reach out for that to protect himself,” explained Oueis.

“I’m really proud of my team, I’m proud of my guys, I’m proud of how they handled the situation. They listened to this individual, they did everything he wanted them to do and even then, it wasn’t enough,” Oueis says.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, police questioned two people who were present at the business, but no charges have been filed.

This is the 11th defensive gun we’ve documented in the state of New Mexico and the 1,259th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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