Police: Storeowner thwarts armed robbery attempt in North Philadelphia

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A North Philadelphia storeowner thwarted what police are calling an armed robbery attempt early Sunday morning after he reportedly wrestled a gun away from one of his alleged attackers and opened fire with his own weapon.

Investigators said gunfire broke out shortly before 4:15 a.m. near 7th and Huntingdon streets.

Three men reportedly followed the storeowner home after he closed up shop and allegedly attempted to rob him during the walk.

But the shopkeep instead turned the tables on his reputed attackers and pulled out a gun of his own, authorities said.

He allegedly shot one man, 22, once each in the left hand and right leg.

Police said the man was taken by private vehicle to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was placed in stable condition.

The other two alleged assailants fled in an unknown direction.

The storeowner is believed to have had a valid license to carry a firearm.

No arrests were made in connection with the crime.


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