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Rifle used by robber who shot his accomplice (courtesy

“Police say two men walked into a mini-mart Friday to rob the place when things went terribly awry,” 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]

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  1. Yep. Karma is a bitch…and I don’t even believe in it. Ummm…they chased rifle thug & he didn’t try to shoot ’em???

  2. OMG! How did a suspected gang member get a Yugo Underfolder AK? Its California don’t they know those are banned! Especially not with a standard mag catch! OMG!

    • On a serious note: Is that a smooth back Chinese Mag I see in that photo? That’s a shame a nice mag like that is going to end up getting destroyed.

    • for what Ak’s are going for these days, store owner should sell it and make a quick buck to deal with the cost of cleaning up the blood and mess

  3. Whoa now, this obviously didn’t happen in California. That rifle looks like it has a 30 round mag and a pistol grip. We all know that the only rifles in CA have 10 round mags, bullet buttons, etc.

    edit: Ninja’d… by A Samurai?

  4. What? Civilians did that? No MRAP? No shoot-out? In Commi-fornia no less, where magazine bans and legislation to the teeth disavow gun ownership?

    Shirley, you jest….

  5. No, No, No! You’ve got all wrong! Guns are mostly inherently EVIL devices just waiting to main or kill. ( Ask any Demanding Mother) THIS one is one of the Good guns that is the exception that proves the rule. Angered by the nefarious humans misusing him, the righteous AK went off half-cocked to kill the perp and save the innocent storekeeper itself!

    • That’s ridiculous!

      These two poor souls were victims of our evil gun culture, just as much as the 50,000 children murdered in American schools every day with guns.

      If the two of them hadn’t had easy access to guns (the NRA probably gave it to them, at a gun show, advertised on Armslist, without a background check), would they have robbed this store? Of course not! They would have finished school and ended up at Harvard or MIT. Their families should sue the gun manufacturer, NRA, and all gun owners for their obvious culpability.

  6. “It’s unclear if the first man was the one to fire the rifle”.
    Who cares, a POS ganger banger is dead and his buddy is in jail. Sounds like two wins to me.

  7. That rifle:

    – Does not have a mag latch enclosure (“bullet button”) – illegal in CA
    – Has what appears to be a pre-ban 30 round mag – illegal in CA
    – Has an underfolding stock which is folded making the gun less than 36″ long – illegal in CA
    – Has an underfolding stock which has not been pinned or welded in unfolded position – illegal in CA
    – Is likely a Polytech or Norinco – illegal in CA

    • Damn, looks like all those CA gun laws and type restrictions are pretty effective in stopping bad actors, huh? /end sarc/

      And anti-gun Democrat CA legislators keep passing more gun laws. Makes me wonder if they aren’t really trying to make the gun laws of CA ever more byzantine and onerous in the hopes that sooner or later every gun owner will at some point end up a felon either out of ignorance or disgust.

      Nah…Can’t be; they couldn’t possibly be trying to back door confiscation, could they?

    • Whoa Whoa Whoa. I’m sorry but I have to call you out on this Dr. Vino. I’m almost certain that’s a Yugo with a Chinese mag. I love Norincos. I dream about Norincos. I hope one day to be lucky enough to own one. But there are some distinct things in the photo that give it away as a Yugo:
      Norincos have squared underfolder stock arms but do not have the strengthening grove you can see in the photo, Yugos do.
      The sun is shining on the end of the receiver and it is clearly a matt black color, Norincos are blued.
      That pistol grip is the stock Yugo grip. I have never seen someone choose to put a Yugo pistol grip on a non-Yugo after market. It’s possible but not likely. What’s most likely is that is the stock grip and it is a Yugo.
      Norincos typically have one rivet affixing the trigger guard to the receiver (on each side) above the mag catch, Yugos have 2 like in the photo.
      Finally, the feature that tears it. If you look very closely in the photo you can see where the end of the receiver cover meets the back of the receiver. there is a rivet for the rear receiver trunion visible. But right above that, and below the top cover, is what appears to be another rivet. This sticks out in my mind because I hate them so. It’s not a rivet but a spring loaded plunger that locks the recoil spring assembly into the gun while it is assembled. It makes Yugos take one more step to take apart and reassemble, than any other AK, while you holed down the plunger to get the recoil assembly to lock into place. And If someone doesn’t happen to know that, they will get so frustrated trying to take the gun apart they will beat it apart with a hammer. I have seen several Yugos with such damage. I personally hate the extra complication, so I know it’s a feature you only get on a Yugo. I go out of my way to avoid that feature. Its also why I will never buy one. It bugs me so much.
      And that is how I KNOW that is not a Chinese gun, even if it is a Chinese magazine. It’s definatly a Yugo Underfolder. I rest my case.

      • You may very well be right.
        It occurred to me that it may not be a Chinese gun (I saw this post through my “smart” phone).
        People ‘customize’ AKs too, so while I saw it’s different from stock Chinese grips, I did not dwell too much on that.
        4 out of 5 correct – still ILLEGAL.

  8. Nice House of Cards shout out… If any of you are fans, do yourself a favor and watch the original BBC version on Netflix.

  9. lol they should start telling criminals “if you use a gun you are 26 times more likely to be shot with it than to make off with your victims money.” Followed by a short brochure that instructs criminals to pee themselves and vomit in order to avoid a DGU. And then buttons. Lots of buttons.

    • Most, if not all states, consider it murder if an accidental death happens during the commission of a felony as a result of the actions of the criminal.

  10. How ever did this thug obtain a High Capacity Assault Clip-azine for his High Powered Assault Rifle in CA?
    I’m going to assume the rifle thug didnt get shot because the badass that disarmed him used him as a shield while emptying the 30-clip, into machete thug’s sternum, one handed. Hey its close enough to Hollywood, these things happen down there.
    I’m pretty sure if an accomplice gets killed in a crime the surviving perp gets charged with murder, I have heard of this happening around here.


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