Norristown, PA – Two armed teens were fatally shot while trying to rob a citizen who was armed with his own gun on Friday night, according to police.
The incident occurred on Warren Street at approximately 8 p.m. on April 29, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
An unnamed citizen was walking to his car from a nearby residence when he was confronted by two 17-year-old males who pulled a gun on him, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said.
The citizen fought back during the robbery attempt and tried to disarm the suspects before he drew his own legally-registered gun and shot his attackers, KYW reported.
One of the suspects was shot in the torso and the finger, while the other was shot five times, according to investigators.
The robbery victim immediately called 911 and rendered aid to his attackers after the shooting, KYW reported.
Both suspects were pronounced dead at the scene, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Their names have not been released.
Police located an illegal “ghost gun” equipped with an extended 30-round magazine lying nearby.
“When you hear 17 and then you see a gun was found, it’s like, ‘what are we doing about this gun control?’ It’s running rampant,” Norristown City Councilmember Tiffani Hendley told WCAU.
Community activist and former judge Greg Scott said he was shocked to hear about the shooting in his community.
“The incidents of violence are definitely increasing,” Scott told WCAU. “My concern is, with the trend the way they’re going, is we’re in for a hell of a summer if we don’t fix this.”
The robbery victim was taken in for questioning and was later released, KYW reported.
He is not currently facing any charges.
The investigation into the fatal shooting remained ongoing on Saturday, KYW reported.
“We have a lot of work to do on this investigation,” Steele told the Norristown Patch.