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A pistol-packing customer thwarted the armed robbery of a chicken wing takeout spot in Philadelphia — fatally shooting the suspect, police said.
The 27-year-old man unknowingly walked in on a robbery at a Wingstop restaurant in northeast Philadelphia late Sunday when the 53-year-old suspect “pointed his gun” at the customer, police said.
The man – who had a valid permit to carry a gun – then quickly drew his weapon and shot the suspect in the neck. He was later pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The customer who opened fire, meanwhile, was later taken to be questioned by detectives.
Police recovered both weapons at the restaurant and an investigation into the incident remains “active and ongoing,” a police spokesman told The Post Wednesday in an email.
Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told WPVI that the suspect entered the restaurant while wearing a mask and gloves.
“[He] walked in, went behind the counter, announced a robbery and asked for all the money,” Small told the station.
Three employees inside at the time had no time to react before the 27-year-old customer walked in while using his cellphone, Small said.
“That’s when the robber pointed a gun at that customer and demanded his cellphone,” the police chief said. “[He] pulled his gun [and] fired one shot at the perpetrator, striking him in the neck.”
The robbery suspect, who was reportedly known to police, “deserved what he got,” one nearby resident said.
“Pull a gun on somebody, expect to get shot,” Marius Maiellano told WPVI.
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