Hawthorne, CA - A robbery suspect accidentally shot himself in the head as he fled from his intended victims. The entire incident was captured on surveillance footage.
At around 2:45 AM on March 15th, a suspect armed with a gun approached a car of four people in a Denny's parking lot. The robber confronted his uncooperative victims while he had two accomplices waiting around the corner in a getaway vehicle.
ABC7 reports that one of the victims ran inside, asking for help. The driver of the victim vehicle can be seen quickly reversing while the robber is still in the car's doorway, dragging the robber back.
The robber decided that he had enough and took off running towards his getaway car, but they drove right past him.
Left alone, the robber continued running, and that's when the victim hit the gas and ran down the suspect. When the suspect was struck by the vehicle, he accidentally discharged his firearm, shooting himself in the head.
"He's running away from the scene with a gun in his hand when the victims chased him in the car. When they struck him it launched his body up in the air and somewhere in that process, the gun in his hand fired, resulting in him getting a bullet in the head," Hawthorne police Lt. Ti Goetz told ABC7.
Somehow, the suspect managed to survive being run down by a vehicle and the gunshot to the head. He was transported to Harbor General Hospital in Torrance where he remains in stable condition.
The Denny's restaurant owner told ABC7 that he didn't feel sympathy for the suspect. "I'm not going to say any prayers for the suspect because he kind of got what's coming to him, you know. He decided to rob somebody and that's what happens. You're taking a chance whenever you do something like that," he said.