Armed Customer Killed 16-Year-Old Armed Robbery Suspect


Wichita police Lt. Chris Halloran said that a 16-year-old boy died after he was shot in the head while robbing a gas station convenience store. Three other robbers ran away.

Investigators say the teen and three others entered the store, pointing handguns at the employee and customers, demanding money. During the robbery, an armed 42-year-old customer pulled out a firearm and fired multiple shots.

Wichita Eagle:

The suspect in an armed robbery who was shot in the head by a customer at a south Wichita gas station died at the hospital, police said.

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Wichita police did not identify the person who was killed, but said in a Saturday news release that he was a 16-year-old male. The customer who shot him has not been arrested.

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Police have not said whether the 16-year-old was armed when he was shot. The man who shot him was robbed before he opened fire, Lt. Chris Halloran said. It’s unclear how many shots he fired.

Those details are expected to emerge from a full investigation, police said. Twenty-four hours after the shooting, the store remained closed as detectives worked to piece together evidence at the crime scene — of both the robbery and the shooting.

Here’s what police have said so far: Around 2:45 p.m. on Friday, police were called to a shooting at B and H Fast Trips, 2796 S. Seneca, a gas station and convenience store near 26th and Seneca in south Wichita. Four people had “entered the store, pointed handguns at an employee and customers, and demanded money,” Wichita police said in a news release.

The robbers took money and cigarettes, police said.

The 16-year-old was shot by a 42-year-old male customer who pulled his gun and fired multiple shots at the alleged robbers. The other three suspects fled the store, police said.

Wichita police think this robbery is related to an earlier robbery just after noon on Friday at the Family Dollar Store, 936 S. Woodlawn, the release said. Three robbers in that case held up an employee at gunpoint and took money and cigarettes. More

In my humble opinion, this is one of those “play stupid games, win stupid prizes…” kind of thing. 

This 16-year-old didn’t bring a gun to play nice. He set the rules. It doesn’t matter how much his mother cries “He was a good boy.”

He brought a gun to steal from others what didn’t belong to him. Unfortunately, he made some really bad choices and paid the ultimate price for it.

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