As reported, 2 robbers, wearing masks and gloves entered a Milwaukee food store Tuesday morning at 10:45AM and announced that they were going to commit a robbery. One or two customers then opened fire, hitting both robbers. One robber died on the spot, and the other robber escaped a short distance down the street before dying from his wounds. Police say that both suspects, whose names have not yet been released, had lengthy criminal records for armed robbery, weapons, and drug related crimes.
Robbers often target stores because they know cash is on hand, security is often lax, and that they can make a quick getaway. When it turns out that the robbery victim doesn’t have enough money to make the robber happy, the robber will often shoot the victim. This deli owner, this bakery owner’s wife, this homeowner, and this man all learned that sad lesson. Similarly, robbers have been known to shoot victims who fully comply, as this woman sadly learned. Those victims who run from robbers are often no better off, as this man and this other man both unfortunately learned. Make no mistake about it – robbery is a violent threat to the victim’s life, and as such victims are legally and morally entitled to defend themselves.