You would think that in the face of the chaos created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, someone who defends his employer’s place of business from a break-in would be praised as a hero.

Think again.

Hamzeh Abushariah, 33, is an employee at the Arlington Smoke Shop in Green Valley, Virginia, in Arlington County. Hamzeh was temporarily staying in a back room at the shop because his apartment complex in Washington, DC had experienced a coronavirus outbreak and he was practicing social distancing, as prescribed by the authorities.

At approximately 4:35 AM on Sunday morning, Hamzeh was awakened when three people wearing masks broke into the shop and attempted to steal cash and merchandise, according to a report at WJLA News. Upstairs neighbors reported that a window was broken, which sounded like a car ramming into the store. Hamzeh said it sounded like a shotgun firing.

Hamzeh grabbed a gun – one of two his employer had purchased because he was afraid something like this would happen – and confronted the intruders. He fired a single shot, which wounded one juvenile suspect. He fired again as the would-be robbers fled the premises, but didn’t hit anyone. The two who were not hit fled the premises.

Both Arlington County Police and Jowan Zuber, the owner of Arlington Smoke Shop, soon responded to the scene. Zuber told Tucker Carlson Tonight that even though the shooting was in self-defense, he felt like the police had treated him and Hamzeh like the criminals.

The police ended up arresting Hamzeh. He has been charged with malicious wounding, reckless handling of a firearm, and violation of a protective order.

The suspect who was shot only experienced a minor injury and is expected to survive. The police say he will likely be charged with breaking and entering.

Zuber is outraged that his employee should be charged with criminal offenses simply for having defended his place of business and himself from a break-in. He told WJLA that he had purchased two firearms a few weeks before the incident because he had feared that someone would take advantage of the coronavirus crisis to try to break into his establishment. He also said that the guns are registered.

Hamzeh is currently being held by police on no bond. Zuber went to the county jail to bail Hamzeh out, as he was initially being held on $25,000 bond, but this was appealed by the Prosecutor.

“It’s very sad for America today as American citizens practice their Second Amendment to protect the store and their lives,” Zuber told Tucker Carlson in a report at Fox News. “Do you know what the police officer told him? ‘Why didn’t you run out the back door?’”

The Founding Fathers gave us the Second Amendment because they wanted ordinary Americans to be able to defend themselves. But as this incident – as well as attempts to shut down gun shops across the country under emergency measures – have shown us, today’s politicians fear the armed American citizen and see him as a greater threat than those who would take advantage of today’s crisis to commit crimes.

39 thoughts on “Virginia smoke shop employee faces multiple charges after shooting robber”
  1. Lets treat our victims of crime like the low-lifes who break and enter out place of business.

  2. This is just the beginning and what we’ve experienced in Ohio, while trying to protect property. An elderly, homeowner fell of his property, while frightened by 3 armed trespassers. As he fell, his gun discharged and clipped on of the trespassers. They threatened him with 2-8 years jailtime. He pleaded guilty with an appeal, costing him 10,000. Our laws have been flipped around. Even in this crisis, people trying to survive such as California, now have to worry about the release of 3,500 criminals being released, I imagine, whether tested or not. Many are still crossing the border and perhaps carrying this virus or another. Pelosi continues to blame Trump, though he stopped the China tourism in January, knowing the COVID 19 came from a lab in Wahun, China. She toured Chinatown in Feb, encouraging tourists, and undoubtedly, bad mouthing the President.

  3. The police are wrong in doing this. The worker should get a medal and be congratulated.

  4. Virginia = Blue State = Liberal “Thinking” = Criminals are no threat, just run away and hide and let
    the bad guys steal. If any criminal is caught, let them walk on bail, while law abiding citizens must
    cower and not defend themselves, others and/ or property and be subject to punishment.

    I believe the upcoming election will help turn many Blue states, Red.

  5. Truly sad that you can’t defend yourself or your business. This is what happens when you elect liberal Democrats. In San Fran, you can steal up to $999. with no ramifications. That is simply stupid.

  6. I’m sorry but this is bullshit! Hamzeh was protecting his life. As a CCW citizen, this IS our right when we feel threatened or assulted. This is our 2nd amendment and what it stands for! Protecting our lives!! He should be released from jail and the idiot who put him there and the prosecutor should be the ones in jail without bail!!

  7. I would bet that county is run by the Democraps. They only themselves and the illegals to have access to firearms. That way, Citizens can not stop a crime from happening.

  8. I have a friend that was on vacation with his wife and two small grand kids, in Florida. The door of there RV was kicked in and two men walked in to rob, and no telling what else them. This friend fired one shot thet hit both of them in the head, killing both of them.!Lined up like chickens I guess. Before this was over he hadf to go through a b criminal proceeding, and this was ruled justifiable, then everyone i even remotely related to these punks, sued him, and he had to hire lawyers to defend him. A few YEARS later the total cost of this was over $400,000.00, AND HE WON! This occurred 20 years ago, and it would cost much more now! It’s the LAW, but this is not JUSTICE!

  9. This apparently happened in Virginia not in America so you don’t have any constitutional rights . This communist (democrat) self ruled country does not give its citizens any rights unless you are a criminal.

  10. Imsurprised these [email protected]#t cops even charged the guy who broke in. What the hell has this country come to.The limpwristed liberals are ruining our country.

  11. Im surprised the chicken s##t cops even charged the perp.What the hell is this country coming to.The limp wristed liberals are ruining this country and need to be stopped.

  12. Apparently this sites slogan Fair and Biased is just what they are. Ive posted 2 comments and neither has appeared.Kinda like CNN and Msnbc with biased being the operative word.Fake news

  13. what is wrong with this world ? Have people gone mad ? The police must be as insane as are the majority of Dems and mainstream media

  14. The cop asked why he didn’t run away? This man felt his life was threatened and he has a right to defend himself. It is his misfortune he lives in Virginia where 2nd amendment rights are on extreme danger due to ultra liberal traitorous politicians who by the way should travel without security details if guns are so offensive to them

  15. Just wow what is happening in Virginia these days, “he should of just run out the back door,” really officer, really? This is so wrong on so many levels…just wow!

  16. When people realize that the agents of the state (so called police) are not their friends. And that they work for their masters. NOT the people. MAYBE just MAYBE they will rise up and do something. Won’t hold my breath.

  17. Yea thats probably what the chickenshit ass cops would have done was run out the back door. Man should have emptied the weapon on the punks. Least if was was going to get chatged should have made sure they wouldbt break in again. Where are the NRAs lawyers. They should defend this citizen legal gun owner pro bono

  18. Virginia is the perfect example of the convergence of stupidity and government.

  19. This is unamerican the way this was handled. Things are bad enough in this world without allowing this to happen to innocent people.

  20. The police, prosecutor, and judge all need to be arrested. Never heard of a worse violation of law. The duty to retreat does NOT include when there is valuable property at risk. And since the employee was living there, it had the same defense rights of a home.

  21. Figures they arrest the victims . The guilty have more rights then the victims . This is the new America . The one that our for father’s are turning over in their graves from . I bet if the shooter was a democrat or a Muslum … a democrat Muslim … the cops would walk away . And they wonder why gun sales are going up . But hey maybe their leave him out of jail to stop the spread of the virus like in NY and all around the country . Their should be glad it wasn’t me , to me that means better health insurance and better meals with a room with a view . I won’t have shot to stop … I’d shoot to kill just to stop the young ass holes from ever trying to rob again . Only good robber is a dead robber

  22. The liberals in this country are making it nearly impossible for responsible citizens to protect themself. The sooner we are able to defeat the dems the better off we will be.

  23. That is hard to believe the way this turned out. There must be more to the story, I will have to watch for an update, maybe the NRA will have an article about it.

  24. The DA in Arlington needs to be held in contempt, Sue her & city of Arlington and insure she is disbarred. She has broken the law & guilty of extreme bias!

  25. Please people, do not vote blue. What happened to this guy could happen to anyone who is a law abiding citizen. I doubt most police in the country are as corrupt as these guys, but you never know. What would happen in Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, etc. We’re a divided nation right now. I hope one day we can come back together and it will only happen when each person is treated with equal respect.

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