Caught on Cam: Customers Fight Back During Robbery

Police hope surveillance video of a shooting inside a late-night Philadelphia takeout restaurant helps detectives capture the gunman and his getaway driver.

Customers fought back when a man tried to rob 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 that shows the customers struggling with the would-be thief.


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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 where he underwent surgery and is expected to survive.

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

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