Customer with gun kills 1, wounds another during robbery at Plantation shop
By Andrew Tran
Posted June 28 2007, 8:27 AM EDT
PLANTATION -- One gunman is dead and another is in critical condition after they tried to rob a sandwich store and were shot by an armed customer Wednesday night, authorities said.
Two armed, masked men entered a Subway restaurant at 1949 N. Pine Island Rd. and demanded money at about 11:17 p.m., said Detective Robert Rettig, a police spokesman.
They then attempted to rob the lone customer by forcing him into the restroom but the customer, who was legally armed, pulled his gun and fired.
One of the suspects was struck in the chest and the other was struck in the head and chest, Rettig said.
When police arrived, they found one of the suspects unconscious in the store.
The police's K9 unit found the second suspect later hiding in a hedge in front of a nearby bank at the Jacaranda Square shopping center, officials said.
The men were taken to the hospital. The suspect who was shot in the head and chest died. The second suspect was in critical but stable condition, investigators said.
Police said the customer appeared to have shot in self-defense.
Charges are pending against the surviving suspect, Rettig said. No identifies have been released.
The shopping center remained closed Thursday morning as police hunted for a gun carried by the robbery suspects