Bullets Fly Inside Philly Corner Store; Clerk, Gunman Hurt in Shootout

The shootout took place during a robbery attempt inside a smoke shop and corner store in Philadelphia's Wissinoming neighborhood

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  • A store clerk was shot at least four times during a robbery inside a Wissinoming neighborhood corner store early Tuesday, Philadelphia police said.
  • The 32-year-old worker and one of the suspected robbers wound up injured, police said.
  • No one has been charged as of Tuesday morning.

A worker and an armed robber were hurt in a shootout inside a Philadelphia corner store early Tuesday morning where the store manager's dog also intervened.

The shootout took place shortly before 4 a.m. inside the corner smoke shop at Torresdale and Cheltenham avenues in the Wissinoming neighborhood, Philadelphia police said.

Police officers and medics arrived to find a 32-year-old woman bleeding from at least four gunshot wounds to her upper thigh and hip, police said. She was rushed to the hospital where she was listed in critical condition. She was later released from the hospital.

In-store surveillance cameras captured the entire shootout.

The woman was working behind the counter at the store, sitting on a chair and speaking to the manager when two armed men burst in and announced a robbery, police said and video shows. The manager said the men said "don't move."

However, the manager's dog, named Bullet, jumped on the gunman, temporarily distracting him. The store employee then pulled out a gun and a shootout began between her and at least one of the would-be thieves.

About 45 minutes after the shootout, a man matching the description of one of the gunmen showed up at the hospital. He was identified as one of the armed robbers, police said.

Police recovered the worker's gun and the gun of one of the would-be robbers behind the counter, investigators said. At least seven shots appeared to have been fired.

No charges had been announced as of Tuesday morning.

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

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