A robber who was shot by a Rogers Park Jewelry store owner on Monday is a friend of the owner.
Musa Thomas, 19, of the 1300 block of South Union Avenue, was charged with armed robbery, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien said.
Fox Chicago News obtained photographs at Starlight Jewelry Store, which shows the suspect pointing a gun at the store's owner.
The images show Thomas behind the counter, pointing a gun, and according to the owner, ready to steal diamonds, watches, earings and anything he could grab.
The store owner tells Fox Chicago News when Thomas announced a "stick-up", the store owner thought it was a joke.
The store owner, who declined to give his name, told Fox Chicago News that Thomas told him to go open the safe and to put the money in a book bag Thomas was holding.
The store owner says he's known Musa for five years, and told us "Why somebody you know would come into a store, try to rob you, especially when they've treated you well for the last five years. Why do this to anybody?"
The store owner says he wants to remain anonymous because he fears Thomas' friends and family could retaliate.
Thomas reportedly fired two gun shots, missing his intended targets - that's when the shop's owner told his wife to get the gun, in Arabic.
The store owner says what hurt the most was watching Thomas snatch a butterfly necklace and purse from his 4-year-old granddaughter.
The owner says this is third time the shop has been robbed in the last five years, and the owner's son says they are considering packing up and moving to another location.
The accused robber, Thomas, was shot in the hand and leg and was taken to the hospital.
He's charged with armed robbery.