A 71-year-old Philadelphia man engaged in a shootout Thursday with two suspects who allegedly tried to rob him, authorities said.
The incident unfolded around 11:15 p.m. near the 2400 block of North 10th Street near Cumberland Street, according to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. Police say the unidentified victim picked up Chinese food and was walking home when two armed men jumped him and tried to rob him.
The victim pulled out his handgun and the trio exchanged gunfire. The victim was hit in the leg and taken to Temple University Hospital in stable condition, according to Small.
Breaking: Another Philadelphian Fights Back by Shooting Back. 71yr old gets shot in leg by two armed robbers while held up on way home from Chinese take-out. But 71yr old pulls out old fashioned six-shooter revolver & tells @PhillyPolice he “emptied his gun firing back.” pic.twitter.com/qMcXkqhlfU
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) March 3, 2023
Small said the suspects fired at least two shots while the victim emptied his gun. (RELATED: ‘I’ll Kill You’: Video Shows Off-Duty Chicago Cop Fatally Shooting Man Who Reached For Her Gun)
“We do know that the 71-year-old victim fired multiple shots,” Small said. “Unknown at this time if he struck any of these two perpetrators, but we’re checking area hospitals at this time.”
Authorities have yet to identify the suspects and an investigation remains ongoing.