HOUSTON --Terrifying video shows three armed men storm into a supermarket and try to rob the place. The terrified customers ran into a back room to hide.
It happened Friday at the store on Evergreen and Hemlock in southeast Houston.
First there was a gunshot to the ceiling. It sent both customers and cashiers running.
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Two men rushed in, but a cashier managed to shut and lock the door just in time. The men tried everything but were not able to get through. While they were at the front of the store, another armed man headed to the back of the store.
One suspect put a gun to the head of a customer.
Another customer in the video looked like he was practically begging the gunman to take his wallet.
But the gunman wasn't done. He, too, tried to break through the door, but his bullets and kicks were unsuccessful. Seconds later, all three were gone.
"If I was meant to die that day, I would've been dead," said cashier Noor Kadiwala. "But it's all God's grace; saved all of us."
In the video, Kadiwala is the one who ran to the room and shut the door. He then opened it for another cashier, then closed and locked it again less than half a second before the robber arrived.
That half a second may have made the difference between life and death.
"At that point in time, nobody thinks," said Kadiwala. "It just happens."
Outside cameras captured the men coming and going in a green Mitsubishi. If you have any information on who the suspects may be, you're asked to call police.