There’s a reason so many robberies take place in gun-free zones. The last thing stick-up men want to encounter is armed resistance. Most of them just want to get in, get the cash, and get out. But if that’s the goal, maybe it would be a good idea to be sure that the clerk you’re holding up isn’t a Marine. They tend to shoot at people who point firearms at them.
The shooting happened in the parking lot of Chip’s Quik Stop market on Whites Creek Pike just after 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
According to police, 58-year-old Zane Friend was outside taking a break when the armed men reportedly started running at him.
That’s an unusual tactic.
Friend was armed with a pistol. He told police one of the suspects pointed a gun at him, so he shot the suspect in the stomach.
The two other suspects reportedly ditched their friend who had just been shot.
No surprise there. There isn’t a lot of honor among thieves when the bullets start to fly. Mr. Friend, for his part, did his best to keep 18-year-old Gabriel Gonzales alive until help could arrive.
According to police, Friend then ran inside, grabbed towels and tried to help the man who had just tried to rob him. Friend said he performed CPR on the suspect and called 911.
Gonzales is in critical condition. Police are looking to for the other two. And Mr. Friend is alive and well and still at the gas station where he’s worked for 19 years. Oh, and here’s a real shocker:
According to police, Gonzales and his accomplices may be behind several other recent robberies in the Middle Tennessee area.