Store Owner Shot in Robbery: Cops - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Store Owner Shot in Robbery: Cops

The victim is currently in extremely critical condition.

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    West Oak Lane Shooting

    Police continue to investigate a West Oak Lane shooting that left a 39-year-old grocery store owner in critical condition. Police say a gunman tried to rob the store, struggled with the owner and shot him twice before fleeing the scene. NBC10?s Byron Scott spoke with a woman who knows the victim. (Published Wednesday, March 7, 2012)

    A local store owner is fighting for his life after a shooting in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia.

    It happened Tuesday shortly before 7:30 p.m. at the Super Chicken Grocery Store store on the 6900 block of Rodney Street.

    Police say a man wearing a black ski mask walked into the store, went behind the counter and tried to take money from the register. The store owner began to struggle with the suspect, according to investigators. The suspect then allegedly shot the owner once in the chest and once in the right arm before fleeing the scene. It's unclear how much money he stole.

    The victim's nephew identified him as 39-year-old Luis Espinal. The nephew told NBC10 that Espinal has three children and has owned the store for three years. He was taken to Einstein Hospital where he is currently in extremely critical condition.

    Police say the suspect is a black male last seen wearing a black mask, black jacket, dark-colored jeans and black sneakers with white soles.

    Police tell NBC10 the shooting was caught on surveillance video from a private business. They also say they are currently questioning two witnesses, one who was inside the store during the shooting, and one who was outside. They continue to investigate. If you have any information on this incident, please call police.