The alleged robbery and shooting happened at around 3am on Wednesday in a parking lot outside a Denny’s restaurant in Hawthorne, California.
Shocking footage released by Eyewitness News appears to show the moment the suspected armed robber unwittingly shoots himself as he is run over by his victims’ car.
CCTV outside the car park shows four diners leaving the restaurant and getting into a car when a man approached the vehicle and attempts to rob them.
Security cameras from inside Denny’s captured one of the female victims frantically running inside the restaurant to get help as staff dial 911.
Authorities said the alleged robber was running towards two accomplices who were waiting around the corner in a getaway vehicle.
The suspect can be seen fleeing the scene when the driver in the alleged victim’s car reverses quickly and speeds towards the gunman knocking him down.
Luitenant Ti Goetz from Hawthorne police said: “He’s running away from the scene with a gun in his hand when the victims chased him in the car.
“When they struck him it launched his body up in the air and somewhere in that process, the gun in his hand fired, resulting in him getting a bullet in the head.”