No Charges For Laundromat Owner Who Shot Robber, Bystander In North Philadelphia
Article first appeared at Ammo Land.
USA –-(Ammoland.com)- WPVI TV 6 (ABC) reports 03-27-2016 in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the owner of a laundromat who shot both the man who robbed his store a well as an innocent bystander, will not be charged, according to police.
The incident happened after 4 p.m. Sunday along the 2800 block of North 5th Street.
According to detectives, it all started when the suspect with a knife walked into the store. He pointed it at the owner and demanded the owner give him cash said a Philadelphia Police Captain.
The owner gave the cash, but then gave chase. But before running after the bandit, police say the owner grabbed his five-shot revolver, for which he did have a license for.
Detectives say the owner fired all five bullets (cartridges) in the gun.
A witness said, “Next thing you know, I just hear ‘boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. People ducking bullets in the air, and I’m like, “Whoa what’s going on?”
Just before the owner fired, the suspect tossed the cash on 5th Street. The suspect took the money, which is about $2,000 according to the owner, and basically tossed it into the air,” said the police spokesperson.
“People running north, south, east, west, and then all of sudden I’m like, ‘Wait – why are people coming back?’ Because they seen (observed) the money flying through the air,” said a witness. Surveillance video shows bystanders grabbing cash tossed by a would-be robber. All the cash was stolen by bystanders.
Police say the suspect, a 40-year-old man, was shot twice in the chest. According to investigators, the suspect turned and raised his hand while being chased by the owner. The owner said he feared the man had either a knife or a gun, so he opened fire.
Media spoke with another 5th Street store owner, who supports what his neighbor did. “Hey, he needs to defend himself because he just threatened the store owner” he said.
In the laundromat, the incident a bystander, a 52-year-old woman, was also shot twice in the hand. Both she and the suspect were rushed to Temple University Hospital.
The suspect was last reported to be in critical condition, while the bystander was said to be in stable condition.
The police captain called the shooting of the robber self-defense, and the shooting of the bystander an accident.
Not really a good self-defense case, just a comedy of errors I had to share and an example of how things can go wrong fast.
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