Ah. Do you smell that? It’s the sweet scent of gunfire and JUSTICE! Boom!
For a city that used to be peaceful, Anchorage, Alaska has been in the news a lot lately! This time, it has a happy ending though. In a strange case of a robbery gone wack, an armed man fired several rounds into an Ace Hardware’s cash register before fleeing. However, he was still shot several times by security guards while trying to get away.
As Alaska Dispatch News reports:
The incident occurred about 5 p.m. Saturday at Andy’s Ace Hardware store at 240 Muldoon Road.
The security guards shot the fleeing man, who has not been officially identified, in the abdomen and the shoulder, said Sgt. Jeremy Conkling of the Anchorage Police Department. The man was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, Conkling said. He said police detectives were investigating the incident. ‘The man did have a gun, he did fire shots in the store and he was shot by security,’ Conkling said.
No one else was injured in the incident.”
Stephanie Van Ness is the owner of the hardware store, which has been in business for five decades after being opened by her grandfather. She said that they have never had an attempted armed robbery in her store before this. Ness said, “We’ve had people shoplifting. But never gunshots.”
She was working in the back of he store when the perp came in and demanded money from the register. She said that he was wearing a bandana over his face.
The clerk backed away from the counter, and then the man shot several bullets into the cash register to open it, Van Ness said. She said between 40 and 50 customers and employees were in the store at the time.
Conkling said the man took an undisclosed sum of money out of the cash register and left through the main entrance of the store. That’s when he was confronted by security guards, Conkling said.
As a concealed carrier, it would have been extremely bad to continue to fire at the man, even as he fled. At least in a court of law, it could have been considered unlawful. However, considering he had a gun that he had fired and was therefore deemed dangerous, I do not think the guards will be punished for shooting the fleeing suspect.
There does not seem to be any indication that they will be.