Thursday, April 9, 2009

Florida: Gunfight breaks out during attempted robbery

Palm Coast, Florida

From the News-Journal Online of April 9, 2009
Gunfight breaks out during attempted robbery

A gunfight broke out in a Palm Coast neighborhood early today during an attempted robbery.

Gunfire erupted when a man armed with a silver handgun attempted to rob a man who had just returned home on Folcroft Lane after purchasing a prescription at a local pharmacy, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office investigators said. They are still looking for the gunman.

The resident had just returned from a Walgreens store on Palm Coast Parkway at 1:11 a.m. with his medications. As he was getting out of his car, deputies said the gunman rushed into the garage and demanded the drugs.

In an attempt to scare off the intruder, the man said he yelled as loud as he could. Instead of fleeing, the intruder took a shot at him., deputies said.

The resident wasn’t hit but quickly retrieved his own handgun and began shooting back at his assailant.

Nobody was hurt, although a car parked in the neighbor’s driveway was hit with one of the rounds, according to a news release.

"We need to identify this individual and get him off the streets," said Sheriff Donald Fleming.

The intruder is described as a black male, 5-foot-7, wearing a white shirt and dark pants. He fled the area in a green Dodge Caravan, deputies said.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at 386-313-4911 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).

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