7-11 Worker Hugs Off-Duty Officer Who Shot Gunman

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    A 7-11 worker hugs the off-duty officer who walked in during a holdup at his store early Friday morning, March 19, 2010. The officer chased the gunman behind a dormitory at St. Joe's University. Gunshots were fired.

    An off-duty officer shot and killed a man who was allegedly trying to rob the 7-11 across the street from St. Joe's University early Friday morning.

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    Eyewitness accounts of the Friday morning shooting in front of a St. Joe's University dorm. A man who allegedly tried to rob the nearby 7-11 was chased and then shot by an off-duty Philadelphia police officer.

    Brian Clarke heard the gunshots from his dorm and came running downstairs to see what was going on.

    "I look out the front door and see a man holding a gun over a guy laying on the ground. After a minute he identified himself as an off-duty police officer," said Clarke.

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    The shooting was in front of a dorm at St. Joe's.

    The off-duty officer walked in on the hold-up around 3 a.m., according to investigators. The officer chased the gunman, who ran out of the store and into a parking lot behind the St. Joe's dormitory. That's where the off-duty highway patrolman shot the suspect twice in the chest, killing him.

    "We heard somebody holler, 'somebody call 911. Somebody got shot,'" said Phil Price who jumped off a SEPTA bus to see if he could help.

    "I had dialed 911 but I didn't get an answer, so I dialed again and when I did get an answer it was a Philadelphia officer…and I directed him as he pulled up," said Price.

    Lower Merion and Philly police flooded the scene and shut City Avenue down in that area while they investigated.

    As the off-duty officer was walking police back through what happened, the 7-11 manager came outside and the two shook hands and then hugged each other.

    Police are expected to release more details on the shooting later in the day.