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Botched robbery at Franklin Avenue Library leaves innocent victim paralyzed

Yesterday, the Franklin Avenue Library, 1314 Franklin Ave. E., was the site of an unprovoked shooting that left a man paralyzed.
Yesterday, the Franklin Avenue Library, 1314 Franklin Ave. E., was the site of an unprovoked shooting that left a man paralyzed.

An as-of-yet-unidentified man was visiting the Franklin Avenue Library on Wednesday afternoon with his wife when he was approached by a would-be robber in the bathroom.

The victim resisted the robber and a struggle ensued. Eventually, the victim pulled away from the robber and attempted to flee, only to be shot in the back.

Lieutenant Mike Fossum of the MPD says doctors at HCMC now say that the victim will be paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his injuries. He was a "totally innocent victim" who fell prey to a brutal and "unprovoked attack," Fossum said in an MPD YouTube post.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 25 years old. Fossum said police were able to speak to a witness who knows the suspect, so presumably officers are in the process of trying to track the suspect down.

Police are holding a press conference about the shooting at noon. We'll update as more information becomes available.


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