A man armed with a handgun defended himself during a robbery attempt in Los Angeles, leaving two suspects with bullet wounds, police say.
“Words were clearly exchanged, and the victim eventually produces a handcuff to protect himself and others in his group from the robbery suspects. The victim fires his weapons at the suspects and then all sides. immediately ran away from the place.” The Los Angeles Police Department said in a press release Tuesday.
The attempted robbery unfolded on Melrose Avenue on Monday. When two men exited an inactive Dodge Avenger, with one man wielding a handgun.
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Video footage shows men Facing a man with a shopping bag and two women standing on the parking lot.
The male victim, who was reportedly the target of the robbery, produced his own gun and sent the two suspects running away, shooting them.
Police arrested the two suspects as Nicholas Brown and Markel Hayes of Los Angeles, and said they were both booked for attempted robbery and are currently on parole.
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Brown received a gunshot wound to the upper left thigh, while Hayes was shot in the right calf. Police are still looking for the third suspect and are asking people for help in nabbing him.
“The Los Angeles Police Department is aggressively addressing the increase in violent crime in the Melrose area over the past year and is pursuing all leads involved in this and other crimes,” police said in the press release.
Police did not immediately return LBL’ request for additional comment on the crime.
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murders in Los Angeles is up 25% this year, South Los Angeles saw a 50% increase in murders.
Violent crimes are also on the rise in cities across the country, including Philadelphia, where gun crimes have increased significantly.
Earlier this month, Philadelphia broke a decade-long record of crossing a grim 300-kill milestone in the beginning of the year. The city was also bloody this past weekend, with at least three dozen people shot, including three fatalities.