Jeffrey D. Moore probably thought a local pawn store employee would back off when told he had a gun.
The pawn store employee was armed too.
There was a tussle, a shot and suddenly Moore, 20, was the one running away.
Here is how North Miami police spokesman Maj. Neal Cuevas said it happened:
It began about 12:30 p.m. at American Pawn, 13007 NW Seventh Ave. Moore, 20, rode up on his bicycle and walked into the store, where an employee saw him putting stuff in his pockets.
The employee asked, “What are you doing?”
He told the man he was there to buy stuff, Cuevas said, but the employee didn’t believe it.
“What’s in that pocket?” the employee asked.
Moore: “I have a gun.”
Moore pulled out the gun and the two wrestled. When the employee couldn’t pull it away, he took out his own and fired.
Moore, hit in the back, ran. He dashed into a nearby neighborhood, where police from North Miami and Miami-Dade police searched found him in a shed.
Moore was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police anticipate charging him with armed robbery.