Temia Hairston and Michael Grace Sr. are speaking out against legally armed employees and self defense after their son was killed while attempting an armed robbery.
Michael Grace Jr., along with two other accomplices, tried to rob a Pizza Hut in Charlotte, NC last weekend, but it did not go in their favor. One of the employees of the store was legally carrying a firearm.
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The employee opened fire on the trio and Grace was shot once in the head. He died of his injuries.
According to a local media report, Hairston said the following:
“If there was to be a death, it was not the place of the employee at Pizza Hut. That is the place of law enforcement,” said Hairston.
“It was an act of desperation, but I do not believe that Michael would have hurt anyone,” said Hairston.
“Why in the hell did this guy have a gun?” questioned Hairston about the employee who shot her son.
“This wasn’t a body shot. This was a head shot. My son was shot in the left side of his head just behind his ear. A head shot is personal,” said Hairston.
“Even a criminal has a right, to a degree,” said Grace Sr. “I’m not advocating what my son did.”
Hairston also claims that her son was a former Pizza Hut employee. Grace was 29 years old and is survived by his parents and an infant son.
Pizza Hut issued the following statement in regards to the incident:
The local Pizza Hut franchisee is fully cooperating with the Charlotte Police Department as they continue their investigation, but want to stress that the security of its staff is of utmost concern. They are providing support to the team members involved to ensure their health and well-being following this incident. The employee involved in the shooting has been placed on a leave of absence following further review.”
Here is the video report featuring the interview with Hairston: