Neighbors gathered while police investigated the crime scene after a robbery suspect was shot and killed Tuesday evening in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. Joseph Kaczmarek covered the incident for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.
The 50-year-old owner of Anna’s Deli shot an armed robber inside his store on the 4400 block of Princeton Avenue at about 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, according to police.
According to CBS3: Police say a 19-year-old man, armed with a handgun, ran in demanding money, stuck his gun in the face of the 53-year-old woman behind the counter and began pulling cash out of the register.
That’s when her husband emerged with his gun.
Officials say that the robber fired first, when the owner returned fire and struck the gunman.
According to philly.com, police said the suspect was pronounced dead from a bullet wound to the chest at 6:22 p.m. by medics at the scene.
Police say the killing appears justified, according to 6ABC.
The gun battle took place just a few blocks from the House of Jin Chinese restaurant, at Longshore Avenue and Tulip Street, which was the scene of a robbery in which the owner was shot and killed just a little more than a year ago.