Robbery victim shoots at suspect after being hit by getaway car

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An attempted robbery turned violent on Indianapolis’s northwest side Monday.

It happened around noon at a gas station near 69th and Michigan Road.

A customer walked out of the gas station and as soon as he got to his car at one of the pumps, a man came up and tried to rob him.

Police say when the suspect tried to rob the victim, things turned violent with several witnesses nearby.

“All of a sudden it’s very evident there were gunshots. They were pop pop and then a car squealed away,” said witness Annie Sweeney.

After a brief confrontation between the suspect and victim, police say someone driving a getaway car sped into the parking lot and hit the victim with the car.

The victim, injured at that point, then pulled out a gun and fired at the car as it tried to drive away.

“The whole things sounds like a mess. It was quick. It was a split second this all happened. You can’t believe it all happened in the time that you hear it,” said Sweeney.

One person inside the car was hit by the gunfire and was taken to the hospital. At that point, police took several people into custody.

It does not appear the victim and suspect knew each other. Detectives describe the shooting as an attempted robbery gone wrong.

Witnesses don’t blame the victim for reacting the way he did.

“I mean obviously the poor fella is being attacked and carrying a gun for his safety,” said Sweeney. “Honestly, you gotta give it up to the victim to be in the moment and aware of his own safety.”

The incident was caught on surveillance video.

Right now, police do not believe the victim did anything wrong.

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