WATSON, LA (NBC33/FOX 44)
Johnny’s Superette has been in business for 35 years in Watson. This store, many say, is not just a store or even a gathering place, but a piece of the fabric that makes Watson home.
On December 12, 2019 at exactly 8:50 p.m., an armed gunman forced two employees into the bathroom, fired a shot into the floor, and robbed the place.
As the above exclusive surveillance video shows, one of those employees, despite her fear, had the presence of mind to grab her phone and run back to the bathroom. That’s where she called 911.
“She was too brave,” store owner Johnny Lockhart told us. “My deal here is protect yourself. Do not put your life between the the store and that, because it’s not worth it.”
Lockhart says he’s very thankful to that employee, the community, and to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s office.
Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard announced the arrests of the alleged gunman and getaway driver just last week. Lockhart was elated, saying
“The Sheriff’s Office showed their professionalism in how fast they solved this case and how they treated the people involved.”
As it turned out, the alleged gunman was a former employee of Johnny’s Superette. Lockhart says the young man worked as a stock boy for him this past Summer. “It hurts your feelings to know that somebody would do that,” Lockhart said of his former employee.
Lockhart though, isn’t focusing on that. Instead, he’s focused on the future. He plans to continue doing what loves saying, “It won’t affect anything, cuz I love the store and I love the people.”