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Attempted robbery, shot fired in Central Area

On November 25th, at approximately 10:09 pm, East Precinct officers responded to a report of shots fired with a victim standing by for contact with officers in the area of 27th Avenue East and East Marion Street.  When officers arrived, they learned that a group of unidentified suspects had attempted to rob the male victim at gunpoint.  The weapon was fired during the confrontation, but no one was struck.

The victim told officers that he was walking on 27th, approaching Marion Street when he passed a group of males standing on the corner. As he passed the group, three of the suspects began following him.  He stated that he turned to speak to the suspects when one of the men produced a handgun and demaned his bag.  The victim pulled a hammer out of his bag and held it high in an effort to intimidate the suspects.  According to the victim, the suspects repeated their demand and the victim charged toward the suspects.  It was at that time that the gun was discharged, although the victim was not sure if the shot was aimed at him or not.  The suspects then fled northbound on 27th Avenue East. 

The victim ran a few blocks and called 911.  The responding officers conducted an area search, but the suspects were not located.  It does not appear that anyone or any property was damaged by the gunshot.  Officers did recover one spent semi-automatic shell casing from the street at 27th and Marion.

The description of the suspects is as follows:

#1 Black male, early 20s, 6’0, 140-150, wearing black hooded winter coat and khaki pants.  Armed with gun.

#2 Black male, early 20s, 5′ 8″, 150, wearing black coat and black pants.

#3 Black male, early 20s, no further description.