"He was taught to do the right thing, and he didn't hesitate," said the father of the security guard who was shot while trying to protect employees and customers during an attempted robbery at Family Dollar on Detroit's west side Monday evening.
The security guard's father, who does not want to be identified, spoke to 7 Action News about the four and a half hour surgery it took doctors to save his son's life.
The guard was shot twice, once in the chest and another bullet hit him in the groin area.
Detroit Police said the guard exchanged gunfire with two armed robbers.
One suspect was killed. His accomplice managed to get away but was later arrested when he showed up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound, according to police.
As Detroit Police continue to investigate and prosecutors weigh possible charges in the case, the security guard's father is thankful for the prayers for his son.
His family has set up a GoFundMe account because the security guard does not have health insurance and is expected to be out of work for a long period of recovery.
"He thought quickly, and he saved a lot of lives," said one Family Dollar employee who left the store shortly before the attempted robbery and shooting.