An Arlington pharmacist is recovering from a serious beating after someone wearing a Halloween mask tried to rob him over the weekend.
Rick Ray, who owns Arlington Pharmacy near Cooper Street and I-30, says a man wearing a Halloween mask barged into his business on Saturday and demanded pain pills.
When Ray refused, the suspect attacked him with a tire iron.
"He beat the crap out of me," Ray said, showing multiple bruises and stitches on his face. He was scheduled for more tests Monday to make sure there is no permanent damage.
Ray tells FOX 4's Lari Barager he ran back to his office near a safe, and managed to retrieve a .22 pistol.
Ray says he fired at the suspect and struck him -- before the man ran out the door. Police say the next day, someone checked into a local hospital with an unexplained gunshot wound. That wounded man is now a "person of interest" in the case.
Ray said in his 40 years as a pharmacist, nothing like this has ever happened to him before.
He believes the gun used to he protect himself may be the only thing that saved his life.
Watch Lari Barager's story tonight on FOX 4 News starting at 5.
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