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Outside a Philadelphia bar on October 20, a young man was fighting for his life against a mugger when the bar’s security guard intervened as a textbook Good Samaritan.

It was about 1:45 a.m. on Saturday. The attacker, as you may be able to make out in the very low-light security footage, was creeping around in the shadows, staying close to the walls and hiding behind corners. Soon, he located his target, a 27-year-old man, and attacked him. A physical altercation ensued before the attacker fired his gun, hitting the victim once in the chest.

Likely in response to the sound of a gunshot, the bar’s security guard, a licensed concealed carrier, ran outside and allegedly shot the attacker. This happened just in time, as the victim was suffering from critical injuries. Seconds mattered for him, and he, along with the attacker, was rushed to the hospital immediately.

“The guy, I don’t know who he was, he was standing over somebody laying on the ground and he had a gun, going like this [aiming at the attacker], yelling at people to get back in,” recalled a woman who witnessed the event.

Below is some brief video coverage, including some relatively unimpressive surveillance camera footage, which was nevertheless useful to confirm that the shooting was justified.

For those who are interested in seeing all the surveillance cam footage that’s available at this time, there’s a second, somewhat more detailed video here with a rather tiresome advertisement at the beginning:

No charges have been filed against the security guard. The robber will be charged upon release from the hospital. The precise location was the 4800 block of Front Street in the city’s Feltonville section.

11 COMMENTS

    • We should not wish for the death of others, but for the changing of their heart no matter how slim that may be, however justified the defense was.

  1. It was a good shoot, but did the shooter know that for sure, or did he guess correctly?

    I’m wondering what the bouncer would have done if the victim had shot the mugger and was standing over him, gun in hand, when the bouncer got there.

    • Yeah. I see the number 1 rule of a self-defense shooting in a public sphere (i.e. not in your house) to be that you shoot to escape. Shoot, then escape. Don’t stand around trying to provide medical aid to the guy you just shot, don’t try and hold him at gunpoint so he can’t escape… get away and call 911. First problem with sticking around is that his friends may be around the corner. Second is that someone ELSE might be around the corner and get the wrong idea

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