An employee of a MetroPCS store in Philadelphia got the drop on an armed robber during an attempted robbery Monday that was caught on video.
The employee, who was reportedly a Marine reservist and licensed to carry his pistol, was the only person inside the wireless carrier store when a man in a hoodie entered and pulled out a handgun, surveillance footage showed. The man tossed a bag on the checkout counter, apparently for the employee to fill with cash.
However, the employee quickly unholstered his own gun and took aim at the robber. NBC10 cut off the video just before the shooting, but the robber was apparently killed in a hail of bullets. He was pronounced dead just minutes after entering the store shortly after 4 p.m.
“Out of nowhere I heard like ten shots go off,” a witness, who did not want to be identified, told NBC10.
The employee was unhurt. According to police, the robber was in his late 30s. Neither man has been identified.
Police said the same MetroPCS branch had previously been robbed twice in the past year. The investigation of Monday’s shooting was ongoing.
MetroPCS robber is one of many killed by “good guys with guns”
A 2013 study by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council found that guns are used in self-defense between 500,000 and 3 million times a year in the United States, much more often than they are used in crimes.
“Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008,” the study’s authors said.