Three men were shot and injured in the District during two recent robbery attempts in which victims fought back against their attackers, police said.
Two men were shot early Wednesday during a robbery attempt outside the Z Mart in the 1800 block of Benning Road in Northeast. The robber, described as a man between the ages of 18 and 20, approached one man outside the store just after 12 a.m. and demanded property. The two men got into a struggle over the robber's gun and in the process the gun fired, striking a bystander who had come across the robbery and tried to flee, Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Officer Araz Alali said.
Once the robber regained control of the gun, he fired at the man he had struggled with, striking the man in the back and the shoulder.
Both victims in that shooting were hospitalized with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. No further information was available on their conditions.
In a separate robbery attempt Tuesday afternoon, a third man was shot when he fought back against his attacker.
Around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a man armed with a gun approached another man who was walking in the 4400 block of F Street Southeast and demanded property.
"The complainant slaps the weapon out of the suspect's hand and is subsequently shot in the shoulder," Officer Alali said.
That man's injuries were not life-threatening. No arrests were made in either shooting.
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