(KGTV) - A YouTube video viewed more than 1.6 million times shows the dramatic moments a security guard charged into a Gardena, Calif., convenience store and fired on two would-be robbers.
The moments play out like an action movie: Two suspects approach a 7-Eleven clerk, request what appear to be cigarettes, then one suspect pulls out what appears to be a gun and hops over the counter. The second suspect follows.
Moments later, a security guard rushes in with his gun drawn and fires at the suspects.
"It's fake. It's fake," cries out one suspect.
The cop quips back, "oh well. Mine is real." The officer then orders the two suspects to stand up and place their arms behind their backs, video shows.
The video spread across social media at a rapid pace in the week since it was posted. While the video description said the thwarted robbery took place in New Jersey, it actually happened in California.
Please note: The footage contains explicit language:
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the robbery occurred at a 7-Eleven in the 15200 block of South Avalon Blvd. between Gardena and Compton, Calif. on Dec. 30, 2017, just before midnight.
Sheriff's officials said two suspects entered the store wearing hoodies. The store's security guard "saw the hooded portion was tightened in what appeared to be an attempt to conceal the identities of the men who entered," LASD said in a release.
As the guard entered the store, he saw the suspects hop the counter pointing what appeared to be a gun at the clerk, officials said. After entering, the guard shot at the suspect and fired on the second suspect, believing he too had a weapon, LASD said.
Both suspects were brought to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. LASD said they are both about 16-years-old and have been charged with robbery.
LASD confirmed deputies recovered a replica semi-automatic handgun at the scene. Detectives are still investigating the incident.
Originally, the video said the incident occurred near a high school in Trenton, New Jersey. The video's description claims the footage was acquired from a New Jersey 7-Eleven location.