Cortez Bumphus and Avery Pringle allegedly picked the wrong person to carjack, and they nearly earned themselves a few bullet holes for their mistake. According to reports, the two men heard a rumor that a person had access to marijuana. Bumphus and Pringle approached the man at a convenience store, forced the man into his car and then commanded him to drive back to his home.
The two men were hoping to find drugs and stacks of cash. What they were not expecting to find was the man’s brother, Antonio Hopes, who is a registered gun owner. Bumphus and Pringle surprised Hopes when they entered the home. One of the two men shot at Hopes, who then returned fire.
"I really couldn't hear anything," said Hopes, recalling the near-deadly shootout. "All I can hear is the ringing of gunfire in my ear."
Miraculously, not one of the four men was injured during the exchange.
“It was a very small, enclosed, confined space," said Detective Charles Howser of Norfolk, Va. "The apartment is not but so big, and the rooms are not but so big, and some of the exchanges were within five feet of each other. It's amazing we didn't have somebody seriously injured or killed.”
The two suspects managed to get away, but police officers are on the lookout. Bumphus and Pringle could face a laundry list of charges including abduction, carjacking, burglary while armed to commit robbery, attempt robbery, robbery, attempt to shoot in the commission of a felony, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The ordeal only served to strengthen Hope’s convictions about gun ownership.
"This is a wake-up call to me,” Hopes said. “It seems like I have to stay on my Ps and Qs 24 hours a day. Really don't feel safe at all. I feel like I always have to have a gun by my side, a registered gun, at that."