Wisconsin man Joshua Drake was shot and killed Thursday when he attempted to rob a high-end boutique just 24 hours after he told friends he wanted to improve his life.
Drake walked in armed to Innovative Optique around 12:30 p.m. with the intention of robbing the store. The boutique had been a target several times within the past month, so the owner had recently purchased a gun.
Nearby shop owners reported hearing about a half dozen shots at the time of the attempted robbery.
Although the store owner, Lupe Aguilar, was not injured, Drake was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It’s a big fear, and I know I spoke to him after the last robbery, and we discussed it as business owners how terrifying that is to be in that position and you know to protect yourself and be safe,” Nancy Witte-Dycus, a friend of Aguilar's, said.
Other store owners nearby noted the same fear.
Andria DeToro, who owns a store three doors down from the eye-wear boutique, argued that the event was both frightening and tragic on both sides.
Friends and family of Drake’s agreed that he could have made better life choices. Drake’s father noted that his son had left the house nine months ago after being given an ultimatum – get a job or go to school.
“We couldn’t take it no more,” Antoine Drake, Drake’s father, said. “I just wish he treated life a whole lot better than he did.”
Keonia Lidell, a friend of Drake’s, said that she was upset about Drake’s death but didn’t blame the store owner for defending himself. Lidell said that “you can’t just go around doing what you want” and expect no consequences.