It was like a scene out of a movie, or better yet a video game, as police said at least three men set the Play N Trade on fire during an armed robbery.
Woodstock Police said the armed robbers entered the Play N Trade with guns drawn then doused it in gasoline as they made their escape.
The store is located in a strip mall at 2990 Eagle Drive in Woodstock. Around 11:45 a.m. Sunday, the robbers entered the store.
Police said there are surveillance cameras inside and outside the store they are reviewing to identify the suspects.
Witnesses said the robbers lit the store on fire while the workers were still inside.
"He was burned pretty good, it looked like he had burns up his arms, and legs and his torso, he was laid out on the sidewalk for a little while," Dave Desantis said. Desantis owns Peace Love and Pizza a few doors down.
"He was wreathing in pain, it was an absolute horrific thing to see is what it was, and anyone who could do something like this to another person needs to have something bad done to them," Desantis said.
Employees of the store identified the owner who was transported to the hospital with severe burns as Troy Brazelton.
Employees said he is at Grady Hospital getting treated for burns to his arms and legs.
"Why do you rob someone when they are opening at 11 o' clock in the morning and then light the place on fire?" Desantis asked. "Sounds like more than a robbery to me."
A diner a few doors down was packed for lunch when the robbers hit.
"It was chaos," Antwain Jordan said. "It is very scary, I am still shaking talking to you guys now thinking about it, just to know it was happening two or three stores down from me, it could have been us easily."
Police said they are looking for a dark Chevy SUV or truck.
Woodstock Police said they are not releasing the details of how the fire started or how specifically the owner caught fire. But, workers in the area said the intentions of the robbers is clear.
"All I can think is, why would you put somebody in the back and light the place on fire with any other intent, but to hurt those people," Desantis said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Woodstock police at (770) 592-6030.
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