Portland TV station KPTV reported that the 21-year-old victim, who had bought a semi-automatic .22-caliber handgun earlier in the day, was openly carrying the weapon down a street in Gresham, Ore. while talking to his cousin. The two men told investigators that another man approached them on their walk and asked for a cigarette.
Police said the group's conversation eventually turned to the victim's new gun. The man who asked for a cigarette allegedly pulled his own firearm from his waistband and said "I like your gun, give it to me," according to police.
KPTV reported that the man fled after the victim handed over his new purchase. The news station described the weapon the man used in the robbery as a black, possibly semi-automatic gun.