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Thugs shoot and rob man in park. But victim shoots back with concealed gun, killing 16-year-old male who was among attackers.

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A group of crooks likely figured they had easy pickings when they ganged up on a 32-year-old man in a park in Tampa, Florida, last week and not only robbed him but also shot him.

But as we've seen time and time again, those who commit crimes apparently are not taking into consideration the number of Americans who are exercising their Second Amendment rights and acquiring guns to fight back and level the playing field.

What happened?

The man responded to the attack against him in Takomah Trail Park by opening fire with his “legally-owned and properly-permitted” concealed gun, Tampa police told WFLA-TV.

Ian Thomas, 16 — who was with the attacking group — was fatally shot by the gun-toting victim, police added to the station.

Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene, WTSP-TV said.

The remaining members of the attacking group as well as the 32-year-old victim had fled the area by the time officers arrived, WFLA said.

However, the victim soon was found at a different location and sent to a hospital for treatment, the station said, adding that the man is cooperating with detectives.

The man's injuries weren't life-threatening, Patch reported.

Police told WFLA that the investigation into Tuesday's attack is ongoing and charges may be pending.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m., Patch noted, adding that anyone with information that can help officers with this death investigation should call Tampa police at 813-231-6130.

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