Handgun license holder fatally shoots would-be robber in Fort Worth

Posted Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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FORT WORTH -- A suspected robber was killed and his intended target was hospitalized with minor injuries in a shooting Tuesday afternoon outside a southeast Fort Worth business, officials said.

Desmond Paige, 20, of Fort Worth was pronounced dead at 1:08 p.m. in the parking lot of a business in the 7400 block of Wichita Street, the Tarrant County medical examiner's office reported.

Investigators believe the two men met because one of them had advertised on Craigslist that he was buying cellphones. Paige tried to rob the other man, police said.

The robbery target, who was not identified, was a licensed concealed-handgun carrier, police said.

MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said paramedics told him that the robbery target "took out his gun, and he shot the alleged perpetrator in the chest several times."

The robbery target was shot in the arm. His injury was not life-threatening, Zavadsky said. It was not clear late Tuesday whether he was shot by Paige or shot himself in the melee, officials said.

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