Prepared gun shop owner shoots looters trying to break into his store

A gun shop owner shot a couple of looters who broke into this store over the weekend in Philadelphia. One of them died at the scene:

Here’s more from CBS Philly:

A South Philly gun range owner shot and killed a suspected burglar inside his business early Tuesday morning. It happened around 4:15 a.m. at Firing Line, Inc., at 1532 S. Front St. in Pennsport.

“He was inside of his gun shop overnight because someone had attempted to break in over the past few days,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

Philadelphia Police say a group of three or four men used bolt cutters to cut the lock to the gate and force open the door. They made their way to the second floor, where the 67-year-old owner was armed and waiting, after seeing the men on his surveillance camera.

“One of the males pointed a gun at the owner, and that’s when the owner of the gun shop, who was in possession of one of his guns, fired several shots, striking the one male at least one time in the head,” Small said.

Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun near the man.

Medics pronounced the man dead at the scene. The others ran away. Another man with a gunshot wound to the shoulder showed up to Jefferson Hospital in Center City a short time later. Investigators are working to determine if he was involved in the burglary.

Nothing was taken. Police say the owner is shaken, but is OK and was interviewed by homicide detectives.

The last thing police want these looters to get their hands on is a bunch of handguns and rifles from a gun shop. If anything this gun shop owner did both himself and the public a favor but not allowing these miscreants to succeed.

Another article said that police may charge these men with looting as well as burglary, considering that it happened as the riots are taking place.

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