Apparently suffering from a late evening craving for chicken wings, a 27-year-old Philadelphia man walked into a local WingStop restaurant just after 10:00 pm Sunday night, only to find a robbery in progress. An unidentified 53-year-old had pulled a gun and demanded all of the money in the joint.
“(He) walked in, went behind the counter, announced a robbery and asked for all the money,” said Philadelphia Police Department Chief Inspector Scott Small.
Before the three employees who were inside could comply with his demands, a customer walked in talking on his cell phone.
When the stick-up man pointed his gun at the hungry customer, who had a valid concealed carry license, the new arrival drew his own firearm and shot the robber once in the neck. The perp soon began to assume room temperature.
The customer, who does have a valid permit to carry a weapon, stayed on the scene and cooperated with police.
“We do have his weapon. We know that’s just one shot was fired from that customer because we found one spent shell casing on the floor on the customer side of the counter,” said Small.
Yet another successful defensive gun use — a crime in progress stopped — by a law-abiding gun owner. It’s almost as if this kind of thing happens regularly. Oh wait…it does.