Two brothers were working to restore a Detroit home this week when their lives were suddenly put into extreme danger.
The two men and their friend had just pulled up the home’s driveway in their van. That’s when one of the brothers told WBJK-TV a “young black male, about 30s … walked up to the driver’s window.”
“[He] had a little grin on his face, little smirk on his face. And he pulled a gun, pointed it right in my face. He pulled the trigger,” the other brother, who was not identified, told the local Fox affiliate.
The trigger was pulled twice.
“And it misfired,” one of the brothers said.
“If it wouldn’t have misfired, I wouldn’t be here talking to you today,” the brother the shooter aimed to shoot told WJBK.
The driver of the vehicle then attempted to maneuver the vehicle and shake the gunman loose, but the suspect smashed the passenger and back windows and started gaining entry into the van.
One of the brothers then attacked him, while the other retrieved a bat and started striking the gunman. They ordered him to stay on the ground, but a getaway vehicle arrived and at least one person helped the suspect into the car.
However, he didn’t get far. The suspect left his wallet at the scene and Detroit police were able to use his information to identify and apprehend him.
According to WBJK, the gunman is now behind bars and facing multiple charges. Authorities are still searching for the driver and any other individuals who may have aided his attempted escape.
“I feel like we took a gun that’s been involved in robbery, maybe involved in murders, we took a gun and a criminal off the street,” one of the brothers said.
In fact, the man the suspect aimed to shoot said he doesn’t “wish no bad for the guy.”
“He actually taught me a lot,” he said. “He showed me a lot. Showed me the value of things you really appreciate. I learned a lot from him putting that gun to my face and pulling the trigger.”
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