Storeowner who shot alleged robber, bystander won't be charged

- The business owner who turned the tables on what started as an attempted robbery will not face charges, despite running after the suspected thief -- and shooting him and also an innocent bystander with his gun he was legally carrying.

Police said the laundromat-owner was working just before 4:30pm Sunday in the Fairhill area of North Philadelphia when the 42-year-old suspect with a knife robbed him and took off.

In surveillance video released Sunday evening, the angry business owner who'd grabbed his gun chased him near the intersection of 5th and Cambria streets.

They turned the corner where police say the business owner shot the suspect twice in the chest, critically wounding him.

Bullets also struck an innocent bystander in her hand, according to officials

"The owner who has a license to carry a gun in the store took his gun...came out of the store, began chasing the suspect," said Capt. George Fuchs. 
During the chase, the suspect tossed the money -- $2,000 in cash -- into the air, and it spilled all over the sidewalk.
 
The surveillance footage then shows a 'free for all' according to authorities. Neighborhood bystanders swarmed in, scooped up the money, stuffed it into their clothing, and it’s gone.
 
The suspect is in critical condition.

 

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