“I heard ‘pow, pow, pow,’ ” (Robin Cook) said Friday, standing on her doorstep on Wyalusing Avenue in West Philadelphia, caution tape draped across the block just feet from her front door. “I thought, that ain’t no BB gun.” That’s what she told philly.com. And she was right, it was the sound of a shootout after an unidentified stick-up man tried to knock over the Wyalusing Food Market, “a popular spot for children stopping by on their way to school to buy drinks and snacks.” But as the cashier handed over $40 to the armed robber, the store’s owner, Fercido “Papi” Nunez, a former Dominican police officer, approached, armed with his own gun. He’d seen what was going down the the store’s security camera . . .
But the 31-year-old man saw store owner Fercido Nunez and fired two shots, police said. Nunez, 39, fired four shots back.
In the cross fire, a child no older than 10 opened the front door of the store, police said. A neighbor whisked the child to safety as the robber ran past with Nunez in pursuit.
On the corner, the robber, still holding his gun, turned to face Nunez, who fired twice, hitting him in the stomach and a leg, police said.
Try to contain your surprise when you read that the the hold up man — who the Philly PD haven’t named yet — is no stranger to the criminal justice system.
The robber, whom (Lt. John) Walker would not identify, is well-known to police. He has been charged with attempted murder, robbery, and aggravated assault, Walker said, and was in critical but stable condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Also try to contain your surprise that despite chasing the man who stole $40 out of the store into the street, Papi appears to be in the clear as far as the po-po are concerned.
…Walker of Southwest Detectives said Nunez had been cleared in the investigation and would face no charges. Nunez had a permit for his gun, Walker said.