Thugs Try to Rob Concealed Carrier, End Up in the Morgue
Pack of crooks' attempted robbery of food delivery man doesn't go as planned
When a pack of armed thugs attempted to rob a food delivery driver, they apparently didn't plan on ending up in the morgue.
However, the three crooks bit off more than they could chew when the man dropping off the food turned out to be a concealed carrier.
Police said they targeted the deliveryman while he was dropping off food for his family in the 3200 block of Longshore Avenue just past midnight.
After he got out of his car, the three suspects approached the delivery man, threatened him, and demanded money, the station said.
Two of the suspects pointed guns at him while the third searched through his vehicle, WCAU-TV reported.
Accoridng to the police, the victim had cleverly told the thieves there was money inside his vehicle.
And unbeknown to the criminals at this point, this particular "victim" happens to hold a license to carry a concealed weapon, police told WCAU.
He was clearly well aware of his constitutional rights and had planned for such events.
Indeed, WCAU said that as one of the suspects searched through the vehicle, the delivery man pulled out his own gun and opened fire.
He shot two of the suspects while the third suspect fled, WCAU added.
Here's the surveillance video of the incident:
The shot suspects were taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital where one of them was pronounced dead at 4:59 a.m., WCAU said.
He was shot multiple times in the chest, WPVI reported.
The other suspect was in critical condition, WCAU added.
He was shot multiple times across the body, police told WPVI.
Both were in their early twenties.
Police did not release a detailed description of the third suspect except to say that he's 17 or 18 years old, WCAU said.
However, WPVI said an arrest has been made and two guns were found at the scene.
Neighbors told WPVI that the area is populated by Brazilian and Chinese immigrants who work hard for long hours — and they called the victim brave, the station said.
"I don't really like violence, but it's in self-defense, so if he didn't shoot them, they might have shot him," Gail told WPVI, adding that she didn't believe there was much else the delivery man could do.
Another man told WPVI it was good that the delivery man was able to defend himself.
Here's the report from WPVI: