MIAMI (CBS4) – A trio of would-be bad guys probably thought they had a couple of easy marks when they reportedly tried to rob two men working a survey of their equipment.
They soon realized their mistake when one of the men on the survey crew pulled a gun and started shooting.
The attempted robbery occurred in the area of NW 15th Avenue and 65th Street in Miami. Witnesses said three men, one of whom reportedly had a gun, tried to rob two men employed by Zurwelle-Whittaker of Hialeah. When one of the surveyors pulled a gun and starting shooting in self defense the would-be thieves took off.
“Now, I’m not saying that citizens should do this, I’m not telling people to go out armed, but it does say a lot to bad guys, to understand that citizens are not going to just lay back and let you victimize them,” said Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss.
Police found their car two blocks away shot full of holes; cones marked more than a dozen bullet casings on the ground.
Two of the men took off on foot into the neighborhood. The third robbery suspect, who had been shot, remained with the car. He was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital with what were described as “non-life threatening” injuries.
Police said the surveyor, who was licensed to carry a firearm, was the only person to fire a gun during the incident.