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Philadelphia Pizza Shop Employee Shoots, Kills Alleged Armed Robber

Graham Perdue
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Continuing the recent trend of good guys with guns saving the day, a Philadelphia pizza restaurant employee foiled an apparent armed robbery attempt Saturday night. 

The violent incident happened at George’s Famous Pizzeria in the city’s Frankford neighborhood at around 8 p.m. 

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a pair of alleged robbers “wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks” entered the establishment. One of the suspects was armed with a pistol sporting an extended magazine. 


He reportedly fired a single shot while attempting to get behind the restaurant’s counter.

Unfortunately for him, a pizzeria employee was also armed. The obviously alarmed intended victim fired several rounds at the alleged robber attempting to hold up the restaurant, striking him several times in the head and upper body.

About 30 minutes after the alleged attempted robbery began, the wounded suspect was pronounced dead. The second suspect reportedly ran from the restaurant on foot and has not been identified. Nothing was taken from the store. 

Police recovered the suspects’ firearms at the scene of the attempted robbery. The identity of the deceased has not been released. 


A nearby resident, Bill Hackett, told 6 ABC that he saw “a guy lying on the ground. Blood. The owner’s son said he had to shoot him because the guy was shooting at him. Said he had to shoot back in self-defense.”

Police told local media they are reviewing security footage from cameras in the area to find the second suspect. 

Philadelphia is an increasingly violent city, though some violence-related numbers have trended downward in recent months. It is hardly surprising that the restaurant owner’s son was armed and ready when the two alleged assailants attempted to rob the business. 

The Second Amendment anchors one of the most important rights enjoyed by Americans — the right to armed self-defense. The Founding Fathers realized this was a cornerstone to a free society and enshrined this liberty in the Bill of Rights.

Despite the efforts of many to erode this freedom, more Americans than ever own firearms. 

It is high time that violent criminals realize that the people will not meekly comply when confronted by clear threats. To make this mistake is to risk paying the ultimate price.