INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — On the evening of the 11th, a man drove up to a gas station in a stolen vehicle, and then proceeded to walk inside and rob the place at gunpoint. It was a bad decision on his part, as he picked a location with at least two armed people already inside.
Police received a call around 6:30 p.m. about an armed man attempting to rob the convenience store, located near the intersection of Pendleton Pike and Shadeland Ave. Police say the man arrived at the GetGo in a stolen vehicle. When the man pulled out a gun, police believe two armed customers fired multiple shots at the suspect.
The armed robber was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital.
No other details were immediately available, but this looks to be a pretty clear-cut example of a self-defense shooting. We do not know if the two armed customers knew each other, but they seemed to have acted together in a way that made sure no one else was injured.
Considered a relatively safe place, customers and residents chimed in on the incident.
“He probably did save somebody’s life,” Indianapolis resident, Demetrius Frierson said. “But still, for them to do that, that was cool. That was real nice. I used to think this was one of the safe service stations because they got security in there already.”
“I’m really sorry that someone lost their life,” Indianapolis resident, John Brewer said. “But, I would think that the amount of force they used might have been necessary to protect someone’s life. Crime doesn’t pay, karma is real. You get what you get.”
It wasn’t immediately clear if the customers were carrying openly or concealed. In Indiana, open carry of a firearm is legal with a permit.
It’s a situation that none of us would ever want to be in, but it’s also a reminder of how quickly our days can change.