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Exclusive interview with Waffle House customer who 'stood his ground'

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Four months after an Upstate Waffle House was robbed at gunpoint and a customer, with a concealed weapons permit, shot and killed one of the suspects, that customer is speaking out.

It was Jan. 21 at the Waffle House on Chesnee Highway in Spartanburg County when 19-year-old Dante Williams was shot and, later, Kenneth Craig was charged with armed robbery.

Justin Harrison, the customer who fired at Williams, said that feeling of panic, when you're sitting in a chair that's about to tip over - that's how he felt through the entire experience at the Waffle House that night.

Harrison said he stopped to eat on his way home from working the night shift when he said Williams and Craig came into the Waffle House wearing masks, holding a gun and telling everyone to get down.

He said Williams aggressively came toward him so he shot with his concealed pistol. Those were fatal hits.

Harrison said he felt like he needed to shoot again when the second suspect, Craig, crawled toward him and grabbed his gun. That bullet hit the ceiling, and Craig ran outside.

"The movies, they make it seem like everybody panics and everybody wants to run but that's not the case," Harrison said. "Everybody's in shock: the criminals, myself and everybody else."

Harrison said he's been shooting guns since he was 6. The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office did give him the gun he used that night back, but he doesn't want to touch that one. He does still carry another.

Harrison said there is surveillance video from Waffle House. He wants it released so that people can see what happened.

Family of Williams said they want it released because it will show a different story.

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