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Robbers Shot By Intended Victim In Detroit

| by Ethan Brown

An intended victim and two robbers were shot on Sept. 3 during an attempted armed robbery on Detroit’s west side.

According to law enforcement, a man was walking up to use an ATM on Thursday night when two male suspects walked up behind him. One of the two robbers, holding a rifle, said, “Run your pockets,” to the victim.

The victim, who held a concealed carry firearm permit, used a handgun he had in his possession at the time and fired at the two assailants. One suspect was hit in the face while the other was hit in the stomach. The victim also suffered a wound to his right leg, Detroit News reported.

While the victim was identified as a 52-year-old man by Detroit News, he was said to be 50 years old by Fox 2 Detroit.

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When the police arrived, one suspect was down on the ground next to his rifle while the other had fled in their getaway car. However, police announced that both suspects were caught and received medical care at a local hospital. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

“He was approached out of the darkness by two 18-year-old males, one was armed with a sawed-off rifle and one had a handgun,” Captain Darrin Szilagy said about the incident, according to Fox 2 Detroit. “(He) is a valid CPL holder and at that point decided not to be a victim produced his weapon and a gunfight ensued.”

Szilagy also offered some advice to any future would-be criminals.

“Criminals beware, if you’re going to play that game,” he said. “People are defending themselves.”

Detroit has the highest murder and violent crime rate of any major city in the U.S, according to an 2014 FBI reported cited by the Huffington Post. There were 316 murders and non-negligent manslaughters in Detroit last year, the FBI also reported.

Sources: Detroit News, The Huffington Post, FOX 2 News

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons