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(Video Credit: WPVI-TV )
The 14-year-old son of a Philadelphia pizza shop owner was caught on surveillance video pulling a gun and shooting a robbery suspect in the face as he attacked his mother who was behind the cash register.
The shooting took place at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Bolds Pizza on Spring Garden Street, according to WPVI-TV. It happened after one of three men who had just allegedly attempted to rob a CVS pharmacy came into the pizza shop which was only a block away. They reportedly didn’t get any money in the pharmacy robbery and fled that scene.
An employee told officers three men had entered and demanded money from the cash register, so the facts of the shooting are a bit unclear. The same employee informed police that the owner told the robbers she couldn’t open the cash register because she needed a code, according to NBC10 Philadelphia.
However, in the video, the robber can be seen reaching over the counter as the owner opened the cash register. A struggle ensued with the attacker trying to strangle the owner who was the teen’s mother. It was unclear whether the teenager pulled out a gun from under the counter or from his waistband. He briefly wrestled with getting the weapon out of its holster before opening fire and shooting the suspect in the face at very close range. The wounded criminal then incredibly fled the scene splattering blood on the premises.
“There was money on the floor and there was also some broken glass inside the store, and there was also a large amount of blood,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small commented concerning the scene of the crime.
(Video Credit: NBC10 Philadelphia)
Police stated that they followed the trail of blood down the stairs of a subway station at Broad and Spring Garden. They found the 33-year-old male suspect in rough shape. Investigators are unsure if the suspect was armed during the robbery or if he pretended to have a weapon but they did not find a gun with the suspect.
“From following the trail of blood, we also found some cash in the subway where the suspect was found,” Small remarked. He was identified from the surveillance footage at the pizza shop, although the face wound should have been good enough on that count. The other two suspects are still at large.
The unidentified suspect was reportedly rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition but is still alive. No other injuries were reported in the incident.
The teenager has not been identified due to his age. His mother’s identity is also being kept private at this time.
This incident comes as Philly DA Larry Krasner has been taking heat for declaring that the city doesn’t have a ‘crisis of lawlessness, crime or violence’ despite critics blaming him for the lenient policies that puts criminals back on the streets.
INBOX: Responding to backlash over his assertion there's no "crisis of crime" in Philly, DA Krasner said it was a misconstrued sound bite and "it is my obligation to do better." https://t.co/rrFhxZfqgV pic.twitter.com/ODi1YASOLF
— Billy Penn (@billy_penn) December 9, 2021
As a pizza shop employee indicated to NBC10 news in the video above, criminals shouldn’t be surprised to find home and business owners using their Second Amendment rights to defend themselves, especially now.
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