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Potential victim shoots 2 gunmen trying to rob him

Two theft suspects were run over when the man they tried to hold at gunpoint pulled out a gun and shot them, Los Angeles police said.

Video released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows two men exiting a light-colored Dodge Avenger in a parking lot near Melrose Avenue and Vista Street in the Fairfax neighborhood at around 7:10 p.m. Monday.

The men are seen in the video approaching three people – a man and two women – who were gathered nearby. One of the would-be thieves points a handgun at the man in the group, who in turn draws his own handgun and shoots the suspects. Everyone immediately disperses.

Two of the theft suspects were found soon after and arrested, according to an LAPD press release.

Nicholas Brown, 22, and Markeil Hayes, 28, both from Los Angeles, were found with gunfire they received during the attempted robbery, police said. Brown had a gunshot wound in his upper left thigh and Hayes had been shot in the right calf, LAPD officials said.

Detectives from the Wilshire Division of the LAPD are looking for a third suspect, who was driving the Dodge.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Maloney at (213) 922-8216.

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