Ex-Marine shoots suspects who attempted to rob sandwich shop
PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) -- A 71-year-old former Marine opened fire on two robbers at a Subway Sandwich Shop in Plantation late Wednesday night, killing one and critically wounding the other.
According to police, two masked men entered the Subway off Pine Island Road and Sunrise Boulevard in the Jacaranda Square strip mall after 11 p.m. Wednesday. "As I was about to go into the store, I noticed a man with a gun pointing down," said Sebastian Shakespeare. "I really didn't think it was a real gun."
According to reports, one of the suspects first attacked the store's employee before the second suspect attacked the customer. "He told him to give him all the money and asked if there's any more money in the back," said Darrell Mendez, the employee's cousin. "My cousin doesn't speak good English. He told them that's all the money, and he ducked down on the ground."
After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove John Lovell who happened to be an ex-Marine into a bathroom and rob him. "As the customer was being forced into the restroom at gunpoint, the customer, who was in fear for his life and was legally armed, shot the robbery suspect," said Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department.
But the ex-Marine pulled out his handgun and shot one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head. When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop and cash strewn around the front of the Subway. Police found the second suspect next to a nearby business. "The second subject was hiding in the bushes where a K-9 and his handler apprehended the suspect," said Rettig.
Paramedics transported both men to Broward General Medical Center, where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale, remains in critical but stable condition. Police say if Gadson survives, he will be charged with armed robbery and murder of his alleged accomplice.
According to police, the ex-Marine will not face any criminal charges because he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. However, the State Attorney's Office have yet to confirm that.
The restaurant closed for the day.
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