VIDEO: Customer Shot During Store Robbery In Kensington
By Jenn Bernstein
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police are searching for two suspects in connection with the shooting of a customer during an attempted robbery of a take-out store early Tuesday morning.
The shooting happened at about 2 a.m. at the Good Good Chinese food restaurant located at Rosehill and Cambria Streets in Kensington.
Inside of the store, several customers had mere seconds to react when a robbery attempt quickly escalated to a shooting.
Two customers, who asked to remain anonymous, said they were with a friend inside of the store getting food when a gunman approached them and announced a robbery.
“He backed up against the door, lifted his shirt up and when he pulled the gun out, he pointed the gun down to the floor, and pulled the trigger back. I grabbed it and we was tussling and then the gun went off. I took the gun from him,” the witness explained.
In the process, one of the three friends, a 50-year-old man, was shot twice in the abdomen. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital.
The witnesses then said a woman accomplice to the gunman came running inside and tried to fight them. The two suspects then ran out of the store and jumped in what police believe may have been a Dodge Durango.
Authorities are now looking for the couple.
“This entire incident was captured on not only in-store surveillance cameras, but also external surveillance cameras,” Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
The two witnesses are shaken from the incident and their thoughts are with their injured friend.
“I hope he makes it, praying for him.”
The victim underwent surgery early Tuesday morning and is listed in critical condition.
Suspect #1 is described by police as a Black male, late 20 to early 30-years-of-age, low cut hair, wearing a light colored hooded sweatshirt.
Suspect #2 is described by police as a Black female, early 20-years-of-age.
Anyone with information on the suspects is urged to contact East Detectives Division at 215-686-3243/3244.
To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847 or visit phillypolice.com.