FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA — A man was smart enough to meet in a public place to try and sell his motorcycle to someone via a mobile app, but not so smart enough to do it at a police station or better location.
The incident happened when the “potential buyer” displayed a handgun and tried to rob the motorcycle owner, police said.
“The victim then produced his own handgun and shot the handgun at the suspect, ultimately striking the suspect,” the news release said.
The suspect, a 22-year-old, showed up at the hospital for treatment. He has not yet been charged with any crimes.
When meeting up with people to sell an item, the best course of action is to always set up the meeting point at a local police station. Heck, some police stations even have areas for this exact purpose that are always monitored.
Police said they recommend anyone trying to sell items via smartphone apps to meet at the Fayetteville Police Department.
Picking school grounds, however, isn’t a terribly great idea. For one (depending on the state you’re in), it’s highly likely that you’re breaking the law by carrying a firearm on school property. Second, if you did have to use your firearm, opening fire on school grounds could lead to kids getting injured by any rounds that could miss their mark.
Long story short; meet at a police station, take someone with you if you can, and of course bring your firearm.