Would-be robber accidentally shoots self in commission of crime (Video)

Would-be robber accidentally shoots self in commission of crime (Video)

There are times when only a Yiddish term will suffice. Last night’s botched holdup attempt in Stockton, Calif., is one such instance. The would-be thief, 21-year-old Donnello Knowles, met the definition of both shlemiel and shlamazel, which are best explained anecdotally. A shlemiel is the idiot who spills his soup. A shlamazel is the hapless soul he spills it on.

In Knowles’s case, his weapon discharged accidentally, inflicting a wound to the leg of one of the individuals present. That individual was himself.

ABC News 10 in Stockton has the details:

Valley Oak District officers responded to three different calls regarding a robbery and a call regarding a person shot. Stockton police said they eventually determined that the person who was shot was also a suspect who robbed the businesses.

Police said the suspect, armed with a shotgun, took an unknown amount of cash from a store clerk in the 1000 block of E. Hammer Lane in Stockton.

Then, the robber made his way to the 8000 block of West Lane where he entered a business and told everyone to get to the ground. The suspect took an unknown amount of money from the victims and then tried to get a clerk to open a safe. He fled the scene on foot and the safe wasn’t opened, police said.

It was the third time that was the “charm.” Knowles ordered yet another store clerk  to hand over the cash in the register. To show he meant business, he attempted to extract his shotgun from his pants(!), but the weapon went off, hitting Knowles in the leg. He limped away but was intercepted by officers who had been dispatched after the initial holdup.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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