Would-Be Robber Turns Would-Be Murderer, Jammed Gun Turns the Tables
MYRTLE BEACH, SC — When one robber thought he had gotten the best of his armed victim, an exchange of gunfire between himself and the man he had just robbed proved him dead wrong.
As WBTW reports:
Horry County Police officers were called to Factory Stores Boulevard off of Highway 501 in the Myrtle Beach area around 11 p.m. (September 28) for a shooting. The incident report notes that upon arrival, the officer was flagged down by a person on Waccamaw Pines Drive, who pointed the officer to a gun on the side of the road. The witness told police that the gun was possibly thrown by the alleged robber.
Another woman pointed the officer to where the would-be robber was lying on the ground where he had collapsed after being shot, the report states. A witness to the shooting, also an off-duty EMT, was helping the man who had been shot until medics arrived. The victim of the robbery told police he was “conducting security” at Grand Strand Baptist Church, located at 350 Hospitality Lane, when a man approached him and asked for change for a $20 bill.
When the victim pulled out his wallet to offer change, the man waiting for change pulled out a gun, pointed it at the victim’s stomach, and demanded the wallet. The victim handed over his money, according to the police report, and as the robber began to walk away, the victim pulled his own weapon. The robber then fired a shot into the victim’s car door. The victim shot back at the robber, police report, and as the robber attempted to fire another shot, his gun jammed.
The police report says the victim “emptied his weapon” shooting at the robber. The police report does not state how many times the robber was hit. After being shot, the robber ran to the parking lot of Ruby Tuesday, just across from the Tanger Outlets, where he told a witness he had been shot and needed to go to the hospital.
Now, I don’t know the circumstances under which this robber was walking away — whether he was and clearly not a threat, whether he was walking and carrying his handgun, or what have you.
So I will just say this: folks, you have to keep a cool head in these situations. If your life is in jeopardy, defend it.
If the danger is ended, have the presence of mind to keep things from getting worse.
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