Tacony Deli Owner Shoots, Kills Would-Be Robber: Cops

Police investigate shooting inside Northeast Philly corner deli

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    A deli owner in Tacony shot and killed an armed robber Tuesday night, according to Philadelphia Police. Detectives tell NBC10 the alleged robber fired a shot at the owner, and that's when the owner shot back, hitting the suspect in the chest and killing him. Police are investigating weather the shooting is justified. NBC10's Katy Zachry talked to police and neighbors in the area, who say the violence in the area needs to stop. (Published Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013)

    Philadelphia Police say a corner deli owner killed a teenager during a robbery attempt in the Tacony section of Northeast Philadelphia tonight.

    A police spokeswoman says an unidentified 19-year-old tried to rob Anna's Deli at the corner of Princeton Avenue and Jackson Street just after 6 p.m.

    Police say the teen walked in, pointed a gun at the clerk, identified by neighbors as Anna Jukic, and demanded money.

    "The clerk screams and the store owner, the husband, comes from the rear of the store with his weapon," said Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

    Police say the suspect exchanged fire with the store owner, identified by neighbors as John Jukic, 55, and was shot once in the chest. An emergency services medic pronounced him dead at the scene just after 6:20 p.m. Jukic wasn’t hurt.

    Neighbors say that the Jukics live above the store. They are well like in the neighborhood.

    "She would do anything for anybody, said longtime neighbor Mary Cotner.

    Police said no arrests were made and they wouldn’t say if the shooting was justified.