Tense moment Metro PCS shopkeeper with a license to carry shoots dead armed robber in Philadelphia
- Armed robber was shot dead by shopkeeper in Philadelphia on Monday
- Metro PCS store was previously robbed and employee was licensed to carry
- Police tell DailyMail.com there will be no charges against the shopkeeper
A shopkeeper at a Metro PCS store in Philadelphia has shot and killed an armed robber who burst in brandishing a gun.
The incident occurred shortly after 4pm on Monday at the corner of 70th and Elmwood Streets in Southwest Philadelphia, and was caught on surveillance video.
The video shows the would-be robber enter the store with a handgun, tossing a bag on the counter and demanding the clerk fill it with phones.
The clerk, licensed to carry a firearm, doesn’t hesitate to draw a handgun from his waistband, and fires multiple times at the crook.
The robber, wearing a hoodie, walks into the Metro PCS store with a gun in his right hand
The robber throws a bag on the counter and demands phones as the shopkeeper draws
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.12pm.
Police said on Tuesday that the identification of the deceased robber cannot yet be publicly released pending notification of next of kin.
‘There will be no charges against the employee,’ the department said in a statement to DailyMail.com.
The Metro PCS store has been the scene of multiple armed robberies in the past.
Investigators say the store has been robbed at least two other times within the past year.
The shopkeeper doesn’t hesitate to open fire on the robber, striking him multiple times
An officer is seen at the scene after the shooting in Southwest Philadelphia on Monday
Robberies became such a common occurrence that the store kept a logbook for police officers to sign on regular visits.
Locals who know the employee say they are glad he came out of the tense encounter unharmed.
‘He comes in here and buys food. I bought my phone from there. He’s a really good guy,’ one person told KYW-TV.
‘It’s a shame that it had to happen, but thank God, you know what I mean, he didn’t get hurt,’ another woman said.