Surprise, muh niggas. A customer had a gun too.
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Police arrested five teenagers who are suspected in nearly a dozen robberies in central Indiana.
Police say three of the suspects held up the Burger King restaurant in the 5100 block of West Washington Street around 9 p.m. Wednesday night. The teenagers walked into the restaurant with guns, but a firearms instructor who had just left the restaurant with his food saw the suspects putting on masks and going inside, so he followed them.
That customer, who is licensed to carry a firearm, ordered the teens to drop their weapons, but they instead turned and pointed their guns in his direction. That man defended himself and a gunfight ensued.
No one was hurt in the shooting and the suspects fled in an SUV.
About 40 minutes later, an IMPD officer stopped an SUV that he knew matched the description of one wanted in a series of robberies in Marion and Hendricks counties this week. The three suspects and two others were inside the SUV, all believed to be related to nine robberies in the last three days.
Police say the thieves were targeting convenience stores and restaurants and had allegedly held up a west Indianapolis gas station earlier in the evening Wednesday.
An IMPD spokesperson said she is thankful no one was injured in the shooting and stressed the importance of education and training for gun owners.
“I do appreciate the fact we have individuals that exercise their rights to carry weapons, that they have the training to go behind it, to understand when they can use deadly force,” said IMPD Deputy Chief Valerie Cunningham. “That’s so very important for people to understand how precious life is and that you can’t just fire a handgun over a material issue. You actually have to fear that your life is being threatened or someone else’s life is being threatened.
“So it’s so very important, you know, the combination to have an individual that was armed and had the knowledge and the training to understand when they can use that weapon, you know, that definitely played a large part in this.”
The customer remained at the restaurant and was speaking with police late Wednesday.