As reported, two masked and armed men burst into the Star Deli in St. Petersburg, Flordia. One of the gunmen stood lookout while the other ordered the owner to empty the cash register. Despite the owners full cooperation, the gunman wasn’t satisfied with the amount of money that was in the register. Narendra Patel was shot three times, including once in the chest, for not having enough money.
This is not the first time that an an innocent person has cooperated with the robber’s demands, only to be shot because the robber wasn’t satisfied with the value of the stolen property. Cooperating with a criminal’s demands is no guarantee that the the criminal won’t shoot the victim due to displeasure with the stolen property’s value, a desire to avoid being identified, or just out of a desire harm innocent people. Armed citizens, on the other hand, are often able to protect themselves, their collegues, and their children against violent robbers.