Philadelphia Gun Store Owner Shoots and Kills Looter In Attempted Break-In
A South Philadelphia gun store owner shot and killed a man who had broke into his store early Tuesday morning.
He’s recounting seeing three men using bolt cutters to cut through the padlock locking the fence to the building containing Firing Line Inc. on surveillance camera. After the three men broke into a back window and entered the first floor of the building, the store’s 67-year owner retrieved his Bushmaster M4 AR 15-style rifle, later firing one shot at the group of three men when they made their way upstairs. The store’s owner had realized that the burglars were armed, and fired at the men.
One looter was killed from the shot, and the other two fled.
Philadelphia Police Inspector Scott Smalls is describing the incident as a clear cut example of self defense. After questioning of the gun store owner and review of surveillance camera footage, he won’t face any criminal charges for defending his shop.
“One of the individuals that broke into the property, pointed a handgun at him,” Smalls told Fox 29. “And that’s when the store owner fired his own weapon, striking the one perpetrator at least one time in the head and he collapsed, dropping his gun between his legs.”
The store owner was spending the night at his shop because he believed looters had tried to access the building two preceding nights, as race riots and widespread looting rocked Philadelphia and the nation.
Another man later showed up at an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. Authorities believe he’s connected to the group of men who attempted to loot Firing Line.
Thank God for the Second Amendment.