A Philadelphia man fatally shot an armed robber over the weekend at a WingStop location on the city’s northeast side.
The 53-year-old suspect was wearing a mask and gloves when he entered the establishment Sunday, around 10:30 p.m., according to investigators.
“(He) walked in, went behind the counter, announced a robbery and asked for all the money,” Philadelphia Police Department Chief Inspector Scott Small told local news affiliate ABC6.
“That’s when the robber pointed a gun at that customer and demanded his cell phone,” said Small, referring to the 27-year-old with the handgun and the valid concealed carry permit.
“(He) pulled his gun (and) fired one shot at the perpetrator, striking him in the neck,” Small added.
The perp would not survive the wound. He bled out on the floor. Police indicated he had a criminal record, though the specific details were not disclosed.
As for the concealed carrier, the investigation is ongoing to see if his recounting of the incident matches what’s on the security cameras.
“We do have his weapon. We know that’s just one shot was fired from that customer because we found one spent shell casing on the floor on the customer side of the counter,” said Small.
If things check out then it’s unlikely that the young man will face charges.
One local resident interviewed had zero sympathy for the deceased robber.
“The guy that was robbing the place deserved what he got, in my opinion,” said Marius Maiellano of Olney. “Pull a gun on somebody, expect to get shot.”
This defensive gun use by a law-abiding citizen comes at a time when the city’s mayor is suing the state to overturn its preemption law, which blocks local governments from enacting their own restrictions on one’s right to keep and bear arms.
Proponents of overturning preemption want to, among other things, reduce the number of locations in which responsibly armed citizens can carry firearms, in effect, creating more soft targets for criminals.
In the lawsuit, they argue, “Respondents have allowed and continue to allow gun deaths and injuries to persist at appalling rates in vulnerable Black and Hispanic communities in our Commonwealth, and as a result, Petitioners have lost the lives of their children, family members, and residents.”
“Respondents are deliberately tying the hands of local governments, and people in the most affected communities will continue to lose life and limb so long as the barriers created by the Firearm Preemption Laws remain in place,” it continues.
Of course, it’s not at all clear, nor is it mentioned in the lawsuit, how disarming good guys with guns, like the concealed carrier at that WingStop, will make the city’s criminals less dangerous.