One of the white guys was armed. The three of them were moving into an apartment in Aurora, Colorado when three black guys whose ages ranged from 16 to 20 approached them and demanded their money at gunpoint. The two movers who were unarmed began to empty their pockets, but the third mover was armed. He pulled out his gun and shot each of the robbers one at a time. One of them ended up dying in the hospital, one was critically wounded, and the last sustained only a gunshot wound to the shoulder. CBS reported:
Police in Aurora investigated a triple shooting during a robbery attempt that left one person dead, one critical and another with gunshot wounds.
“There is the potential that there are three juveniles in this community who have been shot,” said Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler.
Officers rushed to 431 S. Kalispell Way on reports of a shooting just before 11 p.m. Friday. When they arrived at the Bayberry condominiums off Alameda and South Kalispell Way, officers found two males with gunshot wounds. Both were rushed to the hospital.
“We were upstairs, actually, and that’s when we heard the gunshots going off,” said Megan Manguso, who was at home less than a block away when she the shots rang out. “I was like, I’m staying inside.”
Police confirmed that one of the males died at the hospital and the other was treated for critical injuries. Another male suffered non-life threatening injuries in the shooting.
Police say three white males in their 20s were moving into an apartment building when they were approached by three black males between the ages of 16-20 in the foyer of the apartment building. Those males demanded their money at gunpoint.
“Two of the movers started to hand over their money, the third mover who was in fear for his safety of his friends, pulled out his weapon,” said Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz.
During the alleged robbery, the third male who was with the moving party, grabbed a firearm and shot towards the robbery suspects. Police say he shot each one of them.
One of the suspects died, another was wounded and was in serious condition on Saturday afternoon, and the third male walked into an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He is expected to survive and was taken into custody on unrelated charges.
The suspects have not been identified. The man who fired the shots has not arrested or charged. Police say he was questioned and released.
“I don’t think we would call this necessarily a make-my-day issue. This is a straight up regular common sense statutorily codified self defense,” said Brauchler.
It is a good thing that at least one of the movers was armed. Who knows whether or not the armed robber had passed a background check to obtain his firearm. If armed robbery is just the way he wanted to make his living, then he didn’t need to abide by burdensome regulations and cumbersome laws to get his gun. Maybe he stole it.
But the armed good guy still had to jump through hoops to get his gun. He had to abide by the law in order to be able to purchase and carry a self-defense weapon that came in handy at the right time.
More laws would not have prevented the robber from doing what he did. More laws would have made it more difficult for the mover to obtain and carry his handgun.