Gun shop owner shoots, kills man during attempted burglary

Police say a gun shop owner in Philadelphia shot and killed a suspected burglar inside his business, Firing Line, Inc., on June 2, 2020. (Photo by KYW) 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW/AP) -- A Philadelphia gun shop owner shot and killed a man who the owner said was among a group that had broken into the store early Tuesday, authorities said.

The shooting at the Firing Line Gun Range and Gun Store occurred around 4:20 a.m.

The shop owner told police he was staking out his store following an earlier burglary attempt and was monitoring a store security screen when he saw three or four men using wire cutters to break through the gate and enter the store.

They made their way to the second floor, where the 67-year-old owner was armed and waiting.

The owner said he pointed his gun at one of the men inside the store and fired, striking him in the head.

“One of the males pointed a gun at the owner, and that’s when the owner of the gun shop...fired several shots,” Small said.

The man who was shot was found on the second floor and was pronounced dead there a short time later. The gun shop owner was not injured.

The other  suspects ran from the scene, and it wasn't clear if any of them had been shot or injured.

No charges have been filed so far, but authorities say the shooting remains under investigation. The names of the gun shop owner and the man who was killed were not released.


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