ST. LOUIS • Three people were shot Monday evening in the parking lot of a Rally's restaurant in the 2800 block of South Jefferson Avenue, near the intersection with Gravois.
A brief gunfight erupted about 6:20 p.m. between two men armed with handguns and a 26-year-old man they were attempting to rob, St. Louis police Lt. John Green said.
The two would-be robbers were shot by the intended victim. One of the men, 33, was shot in the head. His apparent accomplice, 32, was shot in the abdomen, police said.
The man shot in the head was in critical condition Tuesday at a local hospital. The man shot in the abdomen was listed as serious.
The intended holdup victim was shot in both legs. He was treated at a local hospital and released.
The victim fired first at the robbers, who returned fire, police said.
It all began when the would-be robbers approached a couple sitting in their car in the parking lot and jumped into the back seat of the car. The male victim got out and fired at the robbers.
A 22-year-old woman in the passenger seat was not hurt, police said.
Green said it does not appear the robbers knew their victims.
Investigators are examining a car with shot out windows. All of the shots occurred at close range, Green said.
Witnesses said they heard at least eight shots. Police had recovered at least four shell casings, Green said.
Green said the incident indicates suspects are getting bolder, considering the robbery attempt happened near a busy street before sundown.