“Police say two men walked into a mini-mart Friday to rob the place when things went terribly awry,” losangeles.cbslocal.com reports. Normally, that kind of lead indicates unnecessary bloodshed, tragedy and grist-provision for Moms Demand Action for Everytown’s Gun Safety. In this case, however, things didn’t go “terribly” awry. You might even say things went “wonderfully awry” (but I couldn’t possibly comment) . . .
About 11:15 a.m., the men, both believed to be gang members, walked into the store near the intersection of Alhambra and Hollister avenues in El Sereno, LAPD detective Michael Zolezzi said.
One man was wielding a rifle [above] and the other toting a machete.
As they attempted to rob the store, the man with the firearm got into a struggle with someone inside.
The robber’s rifle accidentally went off, firing a single bullet into his accomplice’s upper body. He died at the scene.
It’s unclear if the first man was the one to fire the rifle.
Neftali Saravia, who owns the tire shop next to the liquor store, said his neighbor who runs the mini-mart walked out, covered in blood, with a stunned look on his face.
“But it wasn’t his blood, though. It was the perp’s that got shot,” Saravia said.
The man with the rifle fled and was chased by two customers from Saravia’s tire shop and a street vendor. They caught and held the man until police arrived. It was unclear if he had made off with any money.
Like that matters. Anyway, live by the machete, die by the rifle. Just another day in the City of Angels. [h/t DrVino]