The following mind-boggling
attempt at a crime spree in Washington appeared
to be the robber
's first (and last), due to his lack of a previous record of violence, and his terminally stupid choices:
1. His target was H&J Leather & Firearms, a gun shop specializing in handguns.
2. The shop was full of customers - firearms customers.
3. To enter
the shop, the robber
had to step around a marked police
car parked at the front door.
4. A uniformed officer was standing
at the counter, having coffee before
Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber
announced a hold-up, and fired a few wild shots from a .22 target pistol. The officer and a clerk
fire, the police
a 9mm Glock
17, the clerk with
a .50 Desert Eagle, assisted by several
customers who also
of whom also
was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators
located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons.
No one else was hurt in the exchange