Houston, TX – An armed attacker was shot in the face by his own weapon while attempting to rob a fireworks stand on Thursday.
Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Eddie Hazel said that criminals view fireworks stands as easy heists, KRIV reported.
“They're easy targets. They're out here alone by themselves," Deputy Hazel explained. "But it doesn't always go their way, and this is one of those instances where it didn't go the robber’s way.”
The incident occurred at a fireworks stand located at 14400 North Freeway just before 4 p.m., when an unidentified 19-year-old man approached the business with a gun in his hand and demanded money.
"The workers were back behind the stand at the time. It was just them there," Deputy Hazel said.
One of the employees immediately grabbed a pile of cash and set it on the counter, KTRK reported.
But in order to pick up the money, the robber momentarily set his revolver down on the counter, at which point one of the employees managed to snatch the weapon away.
The worker fired one round, striking the suspect in the face.
An off-duty nurse who happened to be nearby immediately began rendering first aid to the wounded suspect, BuzzFeed News reported.
The nurse said she started administering chest compressions “because he didn’t have a heartbeat,” KTRK reported.
“I knew the result probably wasn’t going to be good because of the location of the injury,” she explained.
The suspect was rushed to a hospital, and remained hospitalized in critical condition on Friday, the sheriff’s office told BuzzFeed News.
Hospital officials said they do not expect the gunman to survive, according to KRIV.
Deputy Hazel said that the employee who fired the shot is “very distraught” and “very upset” about what occurred, and both workers told police they feared for their own lives during the sudden attack.
The nurse who rushed to the suspect’s aid said that the would-be robber is the one responsible for his gunshot wound.
“You live by the sword, you die by the sword. If that’s the life you want to live, you have to be ready to pay the consequences,” she told KTRK. “Whether it is life in jail, or death on the ground.”