Store owner routs 4 robbers
with his revolver
Originally ran here
"Convenience store owner exchanges gunfire with
One suspect may have been wounded, in hospital"
By ANDI ATWATER, News-Press.com
April 30, 2001
When Adnan Asad and his wife, Wafa, left Miami six months ago for a “quieter
life” in Fort Myers, little did they know they’d end up in a shoot-out with
But at 10:45 p.m. Saturday, 15 minutes before
closing, Asad said four masked men entered his 724 Ortiz Ave. convenience store
and held a gun to his wife’s head.
“I was filling up the cooler, and I hear too
much noise so I go to look at the front of my store,” Asad, 54, said Sunday.
“They held my wife, choked her in the neck and put a gun between her eyes.”
Asad, who opened Penny Saver Supermarket about
two months ago, said the gunmen saw him and shot at him with a machine-gun type
“They fired at me. They wanted to kill me,”
Asad fired back with a .357-caliber handgun he
keeps in his pocket. He fired in the air at first, and then at the robbers, he
“I tried to avoid shooting at them, but this
guy keeps shooting at me,” he said. “I think somebody got hit.”
Fort Myers police say that may be the case.
While investigating the robbery, police got word that a man with gunshot wounds
had been dropped off at Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center.
Investigators haven’t been able to interview
Harvey Evans, 28, of Fort Myers, but police say he may be a suspect. Evans was
listed in critical condition Sunday night.
“We can’t say for sure whether he was
involved in the robbery,” police spokeswoman Kara Winton said. “We’re
waiting to talk to him.”
Meanwhile, Asad and his wife refuse to be
daunted by the violence.
Although Saturday’s robbery was the second
one there in two months, Asad insists that the criminals are just a few bad
“The community is very good, all the people
are very good — family people,” Asad said. “The problem is three or four
junkie guys. They don’t want to work, they want to keep robbing.”
Anyone with information about this crime should
call police at 334-4155 or anonymously to Crimestoppers at 332-5555.
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