A man armed with a gun defended himself during an attempted robbery in Los Angeles, leaving two suspects with bullet wounds to the legs, police say.
“Words were apparently exchanged, and the victim eventually produces a gun, apparently to defend himself and others in his group against the potential robbery suspects. The victim fired his weapon at the suspects, and then all parties immediately fled the scene,” tells the Los Angeles Police Department in a press release Tuesday.
Attempts at robbery unfolded Monday on Melrose Ave. when two men walked out of an idle dodge Avenger, where one of the men produced a gun.
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Video footage shows the men confronting a man with a shopping bag and two women standing in the parking lot.
The male victim, who was allegedly the target of the robbery, produced his own gun and sent the two suspects into action when he opened fire.
Police arrested and identified the two suspects as Nicholas Brown and Markeil Hayes, both in Los Angeles, and said they were both booked for robbery and are currently on parole.
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Brown maintained a shot against the upper left thigh while Hayes was shot in the right calf. Police are still searching for the third suspect and are asking the public for help in tracking him down.
“Los Angeles police are aggressively addressing an increase in violent crime in the Melrose area over the past year and are pursuing all leaders involved in this and other crimes,” police added in the press release.
Police did not immediately return Fox News’ request for further comment on the crime.
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Murders in Los Angeles have increased by 25% this year, with South Los Angeles seeing a 50% increase in homicides.
Violent crimes have also increased in cities across the nation, including in Philadelphia, where gun crimes are markedly marked.
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Earlier this month, Philadelphia broke a decade-long record for passing a grim milestone of 300 killings this early in a year. The last weekend in the city was also bloody, with at least three dozen people shot, including three deadly.