PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A little before 4:30 Sunday afternoon along 5th Street in North Philadelphia, surveillance video captured the moments after a laundromat was robbed.
The laundromat owner can be seen running after the alleged robber.
“He told him three times, ‘Stop, stop, stop, I will shoot you first,'” said Angel Perez who overheard the incident from his store nearby.
Shots were fired, but it was the laundromat owner who shot the suspected robber. The owner shot the man running twice in the chest. During the gunfire, he also shot and innocent bystander in the hand.
All this after the alleged robber is seen on the surveillance video throwing down the $2,000 he reportedly stole.
“As the store owner was engaging this male, the male actually turned around. The store owner believed the individual had something in his hand either a knife or a gun, said Lieutenant Robert Brockenbrough with the Philadelphia Police Department.
Police at the scene did not find a gun or a knife on the suspect.
Authorities have decided not to charge the laundromat owner.
The suspect, 41-year-old Marcus Quinones, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He has been charged with robbery, aggravated assault, theft, simple assault and related offenses.
After the shooting, surveillance video shows people pocketing the laundromat owner money that was thrown on the sidewalk.
“I would advise you please return the money, just because for the simple fact this is probably one of your neighbors,” said Lt. Brockenbrough, “This is this guy’s livelihood.”
Additional charges may eventually be filed against people who subsequently robbed the laundromat owner a second time.
Police said the laundromat owner had been robbed a few years ago, which is what prompted him to legally purchase a gun.