A Houston man shot two of three armed men who tried to rob him on Thursday morning. It was the second time the man had been robbed in six weeks. After the first incident, the man bought a gun.
The man, who asked to remain anonymous, told ABC 13 was standing outside of his office building in the Museum District around 7 a.m. Thursday, when three men approached him. He grabbed his new large-caliber handgun from his nearby SUV and fired several shots. Some hit his own vehicle.
Witness Mark Arms said he heard nine shots, but it is unclear whether they were the victims shots or shots fired by the would-be robbers.
Two of suspects were shot; one was seriously injured.
The suspects struggled with the victim, tearing his clothing, and eventually wrestling away his gun. They dropped it, however, as they attempted to flee.
“There were three of them. They apparently had two guns and they were on him in a hurry. And he had the presence of mind to grab his gun and protect himself,” a witness, who did not wish to be identified out of fear that the men would return to the area, told KHOU.
“I’m really glad he had a gun because I think he might have been killed today,” she said.
Two of the suspects left the scene. One showed up at a hospital with two gunshot wounds later that day and was arrested by police. The other has not been located.
The third suspect was too badly injured and never left the scene of the shooting.
“He kept sitting down, he took his shirt, rolled it up, put it to his belly. He was seriously injured,” one witness said.
He was later taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition.
Eyewitness Catherine Loveys said, "He's lucky, I suppose, he's not dead."
No charges were filed against the victim, who acted in self defense.