EXCLUSIVE: Pawn shop owner talks with ABC6
Six weeks after he was gunned down at his Providence Pawn Shop, Justin Kemp is speaking out about the ordeal exclusively to ABC 6 News.
Kemp and his wife sat down with Samantha Fenlon from a hospital that we will not disclose for security reasons.
"My life feels like it’s been turned upside down, but I’m going to face it one day at a time and try to get better,” said Kemp.
Kemp has owned Capital Gold Pawn Shop for about eight years. The October robbery left him fighting for his life, with a gunshot wound to the back of his head.
"It was very traumatic for me,” said Kemp. “Very, very traumatic."
The father of two is now struggling to recover. He has temporary paralysis to the left side and is hopeful he’ll one day be able to walk again.
"I have a 3-year-old son, I have a wife. All I did was go to work. I wasn’t looking to get into trouble. I wasn’t looking to do anything wrong in the community,” said Kemp.
"Just in the six weeks since it happened he’s gotten better and stronger in every way,” said Lindsey Kemp, Justin’s wife.
The pawn shop owner says he has no memory of the October day. He’s said to have shot two of the three suspects before all three fled, sparking a manhunt across the city. The family’s store has been closed since the shooting.
"I’m worried for my family. I was the provider, something like this should not happen to someone who is running a small business,” said Justin Kemp.
But, the worry spreads far beyond the financial strain. Kemp’s wife opened up about her family’s fear with one suspect still on the run.
"It’s scary for me, bringing up our son. One day, who knows? Someone could come after us. I mean, they came after my husband,” said Lindsey Kemp.
Kemp says he’s not sure if he will ever return to work at the pawn shop. He says his family is considering putting it up for sale.
Two of the suspects accused of robbing his store, Andrew McLean and Leroy Dorsey, were arraigned this week.
Police are still searching for the third suspect, Reginald Isom. The Kemp family is pleading that anyone with information on his whereabouts come forward.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with costs while Kemp is out of work.