When someone sells something online, they often meet at a public place to complete the transaction unless it is a large item. Following such a protocol is considered to be safer for the seller. That’s precisely what one man in the Phoenix area did but he found out that a public place did not keep him safe. The gun he was carrying, however, did.
On Saturday night, police were called out to the Desert Ridge Marketplace in North Phoenix, whose clientele is typically from the affluent northern Phoenix and Scottsdale area, after shots were fired. As it turned out, the shots were fired after a transaction that began online went bad and the buyer attempted to rob the seller of the goods.
When the suspect attempted to rob the seller of the goods, the seller drew his weapon and fired at him. The buyer then reportedly fired back and took off with the merchandise on his motorcycle. Although the seller, still unnamed, did lose the item he was selling, he did not lose his life. He sustained minor injuries from the struggle but was not struck by a bullet.
The suspect is still at large.
Moral of the story is practice safety when you are meeting with a stranger to complete an online transaction and be prepared for the worst if they turn out to be a thug who wants something for nothing.
h/t ABC 15