Several would-be robbers got an impromptu lesson in the Second Amendment outside a supermarket in suburban Atlanta, all thanks to the fact that they messed with the wrong couple.
According to WSB-TV, the men were shot after approaching a couple outside of a Kroger in Decatur, Georgia, on Friday.
Details are still sketchy, but police say the men followed the pair out of the store just after 4 p.m. and tried a robbery of some sort. That’s when one of the targets pulled out a gun and shot the men.
“It was chaos,” one witness said.
“I saw the guy was shot. I saw him on the floor, shot.”
Of the three individuals who were hit, it was unclear whether all of them were suspects. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WXIA-TV were reporting, as of early Sunday morning, that all three wounded individuals were suspects. WSB, meanwhile, reports that two of those shot were suspects and one was a bystander.
Either way, police say the three men were involved in some sort of criminal activity.
“We believe that there may have been some sort of crime that was intended to happen at that time, whether it was a robbery or a carjacking, we really don’t know right now,” Shiera Campbell, DeKalb County police spokeswoman, told WSB.
The police have identified two of the suspects: Andrew Banks, 23, and Austin Harris, 18. The third individual has not been identified. One of them sought treatment at a hospital while two were transported from the scene.
“(The suspect) was conscious, but there was a lot of blood. There was a trail of blood. He must have dragged himself into Kroger,” one of the witnesses said.
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“There was a great risk of people being shot and a great risk of being killed,” Campbell told WSB. “People are lucky that no one else was hit.”
“It was awful. Really awful,” the witness added.
This is what happens when you mess with the wrong person — someone who’s carrying. This may have looked like an ugly end to this incident, but it could have been a lot uglier. We don’t know what might have happened had this couple not been armed. After all, carjackings can end very badly.
As it is, the alleged robbers got taught a lesson they’ll remember — and hopefully, the fact that they’re alive will give them a wake-up call to change their ways. After a stay in prison, of course.