Customer Shot While Fighting Back Against Would-Be Robber

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    NBC10's Christine Maddela reports outside Temple University Hospital with the latest on a shooting victim in critical condition after an attempted robbery turned into a violent struggle at a Chinese food takeout in Philadelphia early Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014)

    Customers fought back when a man tried to rob a late-night Philadelphia takeout restaurant and it landed one of them in the hospital.

    That customer was left in critical condition after the would-be thief opened fire during the struggle inside the Good Good Chinese food take-out at E Cambria and Rosehill Streets in the city’s Kensington neighborhood.

    The entire incident was caught on surveillance video.

    Philadelphia Police said that three friends were waiting for their food shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday when a man armed with a .45-caliber handgun burst in and demanded money.

    A fight ensued.

    “It’s a pretty violent struggle,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. “Sometime during the struggle (shots were) fired and our 50-year-old victim was shot in the abdomen.”

    The fight wasn’t over.

    “A 54-year-old companion of our victim was able to wrestle the weapon from our perpetrator after the (gun) discharged,” said Small.

    The suspect then got some help to make his escape.

    “We believe, according to the videotape, (he) was with a female accomplice who then entered the store and intervened in the fight and started fighting on behalf of the perpetrator,” said Small.

    Both suspects then fled the store empty-handed and jumped into a Dodge Durango before speeding off.

    The victim was rushed to Temple University Hospital in critical condition. He underwent surgery early this morning.

    Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.