A customer at a pizza place in Pennsylvania shot and killed one robber and wounded another as they attempted to hold up the restaurant on Tuesday night.
The armed customer, who has not been identified, took out a gun and shot both men after they allegedly pistol-whipped him, according to Middletown Police Chief Joe Bartorilla.
The shooting took place at Porfirio’s Pizza and Pasta, located in a shopping plaza in Levittown, approximately 25 miles northeast of Philadelphia.
One suspect was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot in the chest, and the other one was hospitalized after being hit in the shoulder and neck, according to 6 ABC.
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“The customer was able to fight back,” Bartorilla told 6 ABC. “It was going to be a definite robbery. And then who knows what could have happened from there?”
The customer and employees were the only people in the restaurant when the two armed robbers entered. The two employees were not injured and the customer declined medical attention, according to the Bucks County Courier Times.
The gun carried by the customer was properly registered, though authorities were trying to confirm whether he had a concealed carry permit.
Authorities are checking if there is surveillance video of the incident, according to 6 ABC.
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“It is tragic, you don’t want to see anything like this happen, you don’t want to see anyone die,” Bartorilla told NBC in Philadelphia. “But at the same time, it was a robbery and it appears that the customer was defending himself.”
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