Gun Carrying Victim Not a Victim in Tenderloin Robbery Attempt

ms45_gun1.jpgIt seems that on tuesday around 4am at Turk and Leavenworth, three guys with guns — one a sawed-off shotgun — tried to rob someone who was unlucky enough to be at the wrong place at the wrong time in the Tenderloin. Except the intended victim, when openly threatened with the shotgun, pulled out a gun of their own and shot all three would-be assailants. According to witnesses, six shots were fired, and news reports confirm that all three robbers were wounded, none fatally. I think this story is incredibly interesting. No one knows who the non-victim was. Could it be that we now have our own Bernie Goetz here in SF?

News reports: good info with video (just beware the dancing bears), Three Wounded In SF Tenderloin Shooting; a bit more info here, Gun-Carrying Man Foils Tenderloin Robbery; least amount of info here, 3 suspects shot in robbery attempt (popup warning).

Image: from Abel Ferrara’s Ms. 45 (Thanks Sean and Jason!)

2 Comments so far

  1. Peter (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 11:00 pm

    i hadn’t thought of that. let’s say you’re one of the robbers. you pull a gun on someone. all of a sudden, that someone pulls a gun on _you_. what do you do?
    a) escalate, murder the dude.
    b) do a), and then argue self-defense
    c) do nothing, wait, and hope the dude doesn’t bust a cap in your ass, then leave

    Looks like these 3 dudes chose c). And the ‘almost victim’ just went all Dirty Harry.

    Which means, if you pull a gun on someone, you need to be prepared to use it – every time.

    They should put the entire U.S. government, all three branches, in jail, and give all those folks’ money to these four dudes – yes, including the almost-robbers. They got shot, man – wtf? Where’s your sense of decency?

    Throw the entire Israeli government in jail while we’re at it. Just because they’re a bunch of war criminals, too. That’s a little bit worse than trying to just steal someone’s stuff at gunpoint. They do it at tankpoint.

  2. SFGary (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

    So what’s the take-away here that inmates of SF should already know? Don’t take a stroll at 4am in the Tenderloin.

    And Peter the commenter, dude, how did you get from this to a rant on the U.S. Govt and Israel? Would be interesting to know how you connected the dots…

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