A 12-year-old boy fired a gun he used in an armed robbery at a Michigan gas station, police say.
The suspect entered a Marathon gas station in Hartford, Michigan on Wednesday, June 1 and demanded money.
Video surveillance of the robbery – that worked now gone viral on social media with over 92,000 views – captures the moment the 12-year-old confronted the employee at the gas station.
In the video, the suspect waits for a customer to leave before pulling a gun from his pocket and pointing it at the clerk.
Surveillance video inside the gas station shows the boy appearing calm as he pulled out a gun and pointed it at the store clerk.
“Put the money in a bag,” the 12-year-old told the woman as he threw his black backpack on the counter. pic.twitter.com/CbVwoG2FiS
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The suspect can then be heard telling the clerk to “put the money in your pocket”. He is then asked if he is serious, whereupon he shoots the gun at the ceiling.
The cashier then does as requested and hands over the bag and money to the suspect, who then exits the store.
The 12-year-old was then arrested in a nearby parking lot, according to a report by CBS Detroit. Authorities say the boy faces a long list of charges and may face trial as an adult, according to a report from ABC 7 Chicago.
Lt. Michael Prince of the Hartford Police Department spoke about his surprise after learning the suspect’s age.
“It stunned me that a young person would go straight into a store in broad daylight without a mask with other customers and announce an armed robbery,” he said.
The suspect was able to get the gun after taking it from a locked cupboard in his apartment.
“It’s very worrying. The school shootings we see every day, the violence we see in churches,” Prince added.
“I think the father had good intentions, but I think he learned a valuable lesson that he needs to be able to secure the firearm even better than he did because of that young man’s ability to open the door pry open.”
According to a report by NBC CT, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin gave a speech in March reflecting on preventing gun violence in the city.
Of the police, he said, “They have taken more illegal guns off the streets than they have in any year since they started counting.”
“They have also solved three quarters of the murders that happened last year and are still working on arrests.
“I am deeply grateful to our law enforcement agencies for the work they are doing, but law enforcement cannot get to the root causes of gun violence.”
He then referred to the efforts of the Hartford for Compass Youth Collaborative, which seeks to reduce juvenile delinquency at its source.
news week has reached out to the Hartford Police Department for comment.