Police in Monroe are looking for two would-be robbers after the victims fought back during the crime and shot at the suspects.
April Threatt is a clerk at Low Price Grocery on Concord Avenue and said her husband had stopped by Friday night to help her close down the store.
As they walked to her car, Threatt said two men dressed in black hoodies ran up to them. Threatt said one suspect tried to trap her against her car and demanded money, while the other suspect pulled out a gun and held the barrel to her husband's head.
Threatt said that is when she pulled out her own gun, which she wears on her hip as protection for her job.
"I didn't hesitate. Not one bit. I have kids to go home to every night. I had to do what I had to do to protect mine," Threatt said.
Threatt began firing at the suspect, while her husband managed to overpower the other suspect and wrestle away his gun. He also began shooting at the men, who quickly ran off.
"I'm not gonna lie, it was a scary situation but when I pulled my gun and I seen his eyes, it was a whole totally different ball game," Threatt said.
Authorities do not know if the suspects were wounded but said they hope to recover DNA evidence from the suspect's gun, which they recovered from Threatt's husband.
"The [Threatts] did what the law allows them to do in protecting themselves," said Sgt. Mike Smith with Monroe Police.
The same store had already been robbed twice in the past year, according to police records.
Anyone with information on the suspects should call Union County Crime Stoppers.