It happened around 8:30 p.m. at the Dollar General located at the corner of 9th Street and Girard Avenue.
According to Philadelphia Police Inspector DF Pace, the 36-year-old suspect entered the store, announced a robbery and ordered the cashier to open the cash register.
It was then that the worker caught the attention of the manager, which ultimately led to the shooting.
“The manager came over, tried to talk to him. The suspect then repeated, ‘I’ve got a gun, give me all your money,'” according to Pace.
The suspect then brandished a makeshift weapon – it was shaped like a pistol and covered in plastic, police said.
The store manager, who has a transport license, shot the suspect at least once in the head, police said. He died at the scene.
UPDATE: POLICE: The store manager who is licensed to transport shot and killed a man who said he had a gun and ordered the cashier to empty the till. Police say he had what looked like a weapon, it turned out to be an object that police think he made look like a gun, but it wasn’t. https://t.co/rcpgTrBB6v
— Annie McCormick (@6abcAnnie) March 25, 2022
No other injuries were reported.
“Fake gun, real gun, you’re going to assume it’s a real gun, but it’s a crazy story,” said Raomel Morrison of North Philadelphia.
Police are still investigating how many people were inside the store at the time of the shooting.
The store manager should not be charged.
A similar incident occurred earlier this week when a suspect attempted to rob a man inside a smoking room.
Police said the suspect approached a 45-year-old man who was standing near an ATM inside the store. Within seconds, the client was able to pull a gun away from the suspect before shooting him multiple times.
The suspect died in the altercation. The victim was not injured.
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