Yesterday afternoon in Northeast Philadelphia, a violent confrontation unfolded when a would-be car thief attempted to steal a vehicle and was met with resistance from the car’s owner, resulting in a gunfight.
Around 3:30 PM, two suspects broke into a man’s car, who heard the commotion and walked outside to confront the thieves. The car’s owner and one of the suspects, both armed, got into a shootout. The suspect was shot four times before fleeing the scene.
Law enforcement officers located the injured suspect, who had collapsed a block away. He was immediately taken to the hospital and is currently listed in critical condition. The other suspect drove off in the stolen car, but later crashed it into a nearby wall before fleeing on foot. He remains at large.
The car owner remained at the scene and cooperated with the police, who confirmed that he possessed a concealed carry permit.
However, this incident serves as a reminder of the dangers of confronting car thieves. It could have quickly turned into a tragic event, and the outcome could have been vastly different. The second suspect may have been armed, and the car owner could have found himself defending against two armed assailants. Such odds are not in anyone’s favor.
Furthermore, the police report that a stray bullet passed through a nearby kitchen, but fortunately, nobody was hurt. It is unclear whose gun the stray bullet came from. This serves as a critical reminder that, as armed citizens, we must always be aware of our target and beyond. It is essential to follow the 4 Riles of Firearm Safety to ensure that we are responsible for every round discharged from our firearms.