Philadelphia, PA – A restaurant patron with a concealed carry permit fatally shot a gunman during a robbery-in-progress in Northeast Philadelphia on Sunday.
The incident occurred at the Wingstop restaurant located in the 2100-block of Cottman Avenue at approximately 10:30 p.m., when a 53-year-old gunman burst into the business and made his way behind the counter, WTXF reported.
He then pulled a gun and pointed it at the restaurant’s employees, demanding they hand over cash, according to police.
A male customer in his late 20s happened to walk through the door as the armed robbery was underway, at which point the suspect pointed a gun at him and ordered him to hand over his cell phone, WPVI reported.
But instead of giving him his phone, the customer pulled out his own gun and fired a single round at his assailant, shooting him in the neck, WTXF reported.
Police said the suspect succumbed to his wounds at the scene, WPVI reported.
Investigators said the customer was licensed to carry the firearm and remained at the scene to speak with officers, according to WTXF.
He is not expected to face any charges as a result of the incident, WPVI reported.
The shooting is “likely to be very quickly ruled justifiable,” Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Chief Inspector Scott Small told WTXF.
Investigators said the deceased gunman had been arrested at least a dozen times in the past.
Officers recovered both the suspect and the customer’s guns at the scene, WTXF reported.
They are working to determine whether or not the suspect in the Wingstop robbery might have also been responsible for two other armed robberies that were carried out in the area over the course of the past several weeks.
“The guy that was robbing the place deserved what he got, in my opinion,” resident Marius Maiellano told WPVI. “Pull a gun on somebody, expect to get shot.”
At least 23 people were shot in Philadelphia over the weekend, according to WTXF.
The city has experienced over 3,400 shootings and 453 murders so far this year.
The number of shootings is 64 percent higher than the same timeframe last year, while the murder rate has increased by 39 percent.