I could sum up what I know about Pokemon in a pretty thin paragraph, so I’m not going to pretend that this is really about Pokemon. This is about getting what’s coming to you, the instant-justice that is always so satisfying.
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If you believe what you read in the news, Pokemon Go has people walking around with their faces glued to the screen, seeing their surrounding through the cameras on their phones. You throw imaginary fishing bobbers to pretend creatures and then go to pretend gyms instead of the real gym.
Yet some players are driving into cop cars, and falling off cliffs. In short, they’re distracted. That makes them easier to catch than the allusive Pokemon they’re hunting.
So they’re soft targets. Mostly. But not this time. A pair of hoodlums were out on the prowl on Monday in Las Vegas, looking for easy pickings.
When they rolled up on a group of six people at a public park east of downtown at 4 a.m., the thieves thought they’d found their mark. It was dark, secluded, and this group was staring down at their phones.
The driver eased the SUV into close range, and the passenger pulled a gun and demanded their valuables. But it didn’t go the way the would-be robbers had planned.
One of the Pokemon players was licensed to carry a concealed handgun. He drew his gun and shot the robber, who shot back.
Las Vegas police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said a Pokemon player and the armed robber were both hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Charges will be filed against the armed-robber and the driver of the SUV. It wasn’t immediately clear if the Pokemon player who was shot in the stomach was the one who shot back, or one of the other victims.
Gary Reese Freedom Park, where the shooting occurred, is rumored to be a great place to catch for Magikarp. It may well be, but…. It always pays to be aware of your surroundings, especially in Vegas. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Except when you get shot playing Pokemen.