Riviera Beach, Florida

From the Palm Beach Post of June 28, 2007

Business owner fires at robbers, hits bystander, police report

After two men shoved guns in an auto shop owner’s face, taking $1,300 from his business, the owner grabbed his own gun, followed them outside and fired, police said.

Police don’t know if any of the shots hit either robber, but one did hit a bystander in the ankle.

The bystander, who police would not identify Wednesday, was taken to an area hospital with an injury said to be not life-threatening.

According to police, investigations into both the robbery and the shooting, which happened shortly after 1 p.m., are continuing.

Richard Hydro, 54, owner of Motor Werkes, in the 4600 block of Dyer Avenue, was not held by police. A man answering the telephone at his home said the business owner had been advised not to discuss the shooting.

Riviera Beach spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown, however, said, “The (robbery) victim, in fear of his life, followed the subjects and shot at them.”

She added that a second encounter outside the business preceded the shooting, but said she had no information on what took place. The robbers took cash and personal credit cards, police said.

Hydro has a concealed weapons permit, according to state records. He has owned the property where the business is since 1993, records show.

A report on the shooting will be sent to the state attorney’s office in the next few days to determine whether charges will be filed, Brown said.

Police say the robbers fled in a silver, four-door, late-model Chrysler or Dodge, possibly an Intrepid, driven by a woman. Both had semiautomatic handguns, one black and one silver, police said.

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