Even not getting shot could prevent a stubborn man from turning the tables on two unlucky robbers outside a Florida mall, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
The pushback began when the victim refused to return her gold jewelry and ended with one of the robbers being sent to the hospital, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
It happened at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, October 24, outside the Westfield Brandon mall in Brandon, 12 miles east of Tampa.
Deputies responded to a call for gunshots and found a man with a gunshot wound to his leg.
“The victim (had) parked his vehicle in front of the Dillards and drove into the Westfield Brandon shopping center to visit a jewelry store. After leaving the mall and on the way to his car, two suspects approached the victim and pointed a gun at him,” the sheriff’s office reported.
“While one suspect was holding the weapon, the second attempted to take a gold chain worth tens of thousands of dollars from the victim. There was an altercation and the victim was able to hold his chain .
The thieves gave up and “ran away.” However, one of them turned and fired a shot at the victim, hitting him in the leg, officials said.
“The victim was able to retrieve a firearm from his vehicle and fired at the fleeing suspects,” the sheriff’s office said.
“Later that afternoon, a man was dropped off at Advent Health … in Tampa with a gunshot wound to the stomach. This man would be one of the suspects. … The injured victim and suspect are currently being treated.”
The sheriff’s office is looking for the second suspect, and “detectives are working to determine if the victim and suspects knew each other.”
“The violence seen this afternoon in such a public place is deplorable,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in the statement.
“We believe this was a targeted attack with the intent to rob the victim, and we are grateful that no one else was injured in the area.”
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