The defense attorney for a man who decided to open fire and kill a teenager who was attempting to rob a store said his client was a hero who engaged in a “righteous” shooting.
The shooter, Harry McCullough, said Wednesday he always has his .40 caliber Smith and Wesson on him and has a license for a loaded firearm, though not one for a concealed gun.
“You prepare for it every day,” he said. “I always carry it with me, like my wallet. I’ve had a license to carry for a long time.”
He said he’s wrestling with how his life changed during a trip to the drug store.
“I’m a little shaken, but not too bad,” McCullough said.
He believes he did the right thing.
“Everything went as planned … turned out OK,” he said.
Video: Attorney’s Account Of Walgreen’s Shooting
The events unfolded Monday night inside Walgreens at 61st Street and Northwest Radial Highway.
Attorney James Martin Davis said McCullough, 32, a former security guard at College of Saint Mary’s, was in the store picking up a prescription and buying ice cream when two masked men entered.
Davis said his client saw the gunman hold a sawed-off shotgun to a woman’s back as she held a phone to her ear. The two yelled profanities at the customers, Davis said.
He said that’s when McCullough pulled out his .40 caliber Smith and Wesson gun from his waistband and shot the armed man.
Davis said his client fired four shots. The county attorney said eight shots were fired.
“He used good judgment and good instincts to prevent a tragedy,” Davis said. “He also knew, and you can check this out, that that Walgreens had been held up three times in the last five months.”
The would-be robber stumbled out of the store and collapsed. His sawed-off shotgun fell in the path of the store’s automatic front door, preventing it from shutting.
“He killed another human being and he will live with regardless of how righteous the shooting was,” Davis said.
McCullough then chased down a second suspect, ordering him to get face-down in an aisle until police arrived, Davis said.
McCullough won’t face charges for killing the teen, but he is facing the rest of his life with the realization that he killed someone.
“You never intend that,” he said. “You just want to protect yourself, that’s all it is.”
“He’s experienced with handguns, a target shooter who worked in past as security guard to avert tragedy,” Davis said.