'He wanted to kill us’: Woman shot during robbery at brother’s restaurant still recovering

CHARLOTTE — A woman who was shot four times inside a north Charlotte restaurant opened up to Channel 9 Tuesday from her hospital bed.

Magda Chormova was visiting the Queen City from Greece last week when two men stormed into her brother's restaurant, Mr. C’s Soul Food, on North Tryon Street.

She said one of the robbers put a gun to her brother's head, but she didn't take him seriously at first.

“I was thinking somebody makes joke now,” Chormova told Channel 9. “It is not true that. Thomas also asked him, ‘You're joking?’ And he told him, ‘No, I'm not joking. Give me all the money.’”

That’s when Chormova decided to attack the gunman and was shot in the arm. Somehow, she fought through the pain and got up to help her brother again.

She thinks she saved him from being killed.

"He tried with a gun to shoot him, he's still trying to shoot us,” Chormova said. “I believe he didn't want the money. I believe he wanted to kill us."

Police charged Deonte Curry and Trevon Ricks with attempted murder and attempted robbery. They will be back in court next week.

Pair arrested after worker shot during robbery at popular Charlotte restaurant

Two men were arrested after police said one of them shot a restaurant employee during a robbery in north Charlotte on Thursday, according to police.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called around noon to Mr. C’s Soul Food Restaurant on North Tryon Street, near West Craighead Road.

Police told Channel 9 that Trevon Ricks and Deonte Curry walked into the restaurant during lunchtime, tried to steal some cash, and then fired a handgun after fighting with employees.

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Officials said the shooting victim -- 48-year-old Magda Chormova -- is the owner’s sister. She was taken to the hospital but should be OK, authorities said.

Channel 9′s Erin Edwards spoke with the owner, who said one of the men started making threats, saying he would shoot the owner’s sister.

That’s when the man shot the owner’s sister four times right behind the counter of the restaurant, hitting her in the stomach, arm and hand, the owner said.

Police said the owner of the restaurant apparently wrestled with Curry inside the business before police arrived. When officers got there, they quickly arrested him.

Channel 9 crews could see dozens of officers on the scene, and crime scene tape roped off the restaurant. CMPD K-9 units were also called to help and were able to track down Ricks, officials said.

CMPD arrested Ricks and Curry and charged them with attempted first-degree murder, attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Shortly after the shooting, friends stopped by the family restaurant to make sure everyone was OK.

“That’s a friend of mine’s place. He called me to come here and see if his father was OK,” said Loues Politis. "I’m not really sure what happened. He said a couple of guys come in with guns.”

“This guy come with a thing over his head and little did you know, BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM,” said another family friend. “I said, ‘Oh my goodness, somebody just got shot.’”

Three days after the shooting, the restaurant has reopened.

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