A bystander interrupted an attempted robbery Wednesday, but while the crooks fled the scene one of them fired off a gunshot, Officer Gordon Shyy said. Fortunately, no one was hit.
The victim in the attempted robbery was a 32-year-old woman who was walking in the area of 26th and Dolores streets about 10:11 p.m. when two men who appeared to be in their 20s grabbed her and threw her to the ground, Shyy said.
The suspects reportedly punched the woman and were trying to take her purse when someone driving by saw what was happening and illuminated the suspects with the vehicle's headlights, Shyy said.
One of the suspects fired a round from a handgun before both ruffians fled. The bullet did not strike the vehicle or anyone nearby.
The Good Samaritan helped the woman call police, Shyy said. She reportedly did not lose any property, but was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.