TAMPA — A tattoo shop owner survived a bullet to the head Saturday afternoon while exchanging shots with three men who robbed his business, police said.
Daniel B. Perez, 23, and his girlfriend, Erica L. Grulke, 30, were alone at K&B South Tattooing, 4802 E Busch Blvd., when the men entered the store, pulled a handgun and demanded money, said Tampa police Lt. Craig Sawicki.
The robbers took cash, Grulke's purse and a rifle before tying the couple up with zip ties and leaving, Sawicki said.
The couple quickly freed themselves and Perez reached for a handgun, ran outside and traded shots with the robbers, one of whom shot Perez in the top of the head, Sawicki said.
He was conscious and alert when taken to Tampa General Hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening. None of the robbers was hit.
Shortly after the robbery, officers arrested three Lakeland men and charged them with attempted murder, armed robbery and armed kidnapping.
The suspects are Antonio Dean Madden, 19, Dominic R. Baldwin, 20, and Melvin L. Munroe-Wilson, 21.
One of the suspects was in the store at about 5 p.m. inquiring about a tattoo, Sawicki said. The man told Perez he would return, and he did 20 minutes later, but with the other two men.