NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WXIN) -- An 88-year-old liquor store owner faces an aggravated assault charge after she shot a man who she thought was a thief, the Charlotte Observer reports.
May Boyce told police on June 16 two men walked into her store. One man asked for brown liquor, and the other man walked behind her counter where she keeps the vodka and grabbed a few bottles. Boyce said she confronted the man grabbing bottles, and she said he lunged at her and ran toward the exit.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Charlotte Observer, Boyce pointed her gun toward the floor in the direction of the fleeing man fired once. The man said he was shot and fell into a stack of bottles, and the other man helped him out of the store.
At Vanderbilt Hospital, the man who was shot told police he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time and said he and his friend went to the store to steal liquor, the affidavit says. The next day he allegedly told police in a follow-up interview he intended to pay for the alcohol, the Observer reports.
Boyce told the New York Post: “I did what I had to do, and I hope word gets out on the street that I’m fed up and I’m not taking it anymore. You’ve got to stick up for yourself sometimes.”