A robbery suspect got a whole lot more than he bargained for after reportedly pointing a gun and stealing from a car’s occupants in a Denny’s parking lot south of Los Angeles just before 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Surveillance video obtained by KABC-TV shows four people leaving the restaurant and entering a car, after which the suspect robs them, the station reported. One of the victims is seen running into Denny’s for help.
Police told the station that the robbery suspect had two accomplices waiting around the corner in a getaway car, and sure enough, video shows the robbery suspect running toward the getaway car — that is, until the driver of the car with the robbery victims hits reverse and drags the gunman back.
The robbery suspect then heads again for the getaway car — but alas, it takes off without him.
At that point, the driver of the car with the robbery victims shifts gears again and barrels toward the fleeing gunman.
Police said the robbery suspect suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face as a result of being run down by the car.
“He’s running away from the scene with a gun in his hand when the victims chased him in the car,” Hawthorne police Lt. Ti Goetz told KABC. “When they struck him, it launched his body up in the air and somewhere in that process, the gun in his hand fired, resulting in him getting a bullet in the head.”
The robbery suspect was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition, the station reported.
Amir Obeid, who runs the Denny’s, wasn’t shedding any tears for the gunman.
“I’m not going to say any prayers for the suspect because he kind of got what’s coming to him, you know,” Obeid told KABC. “He decided to rob somebody, and that’s what happens. You’re taking a chance whenever you do something like that.”
The two accomplices in the getaway car were still at large, police told the station, adding that a handgun was recovered at the scene.
The four robbery victims initially left the scene, the Los Angeles Times reported, but three of them later returned, contacted police and provided statements.
This story has been updated.
(H/T: Bearing Arms)