Beer Takeout Owner Shoots Teen Who Trashes Store: Police

Philadelphia police were trying to determine whether the owner of a beer distributor was justified in shooting a 16-year-old boy who allegedly trashed his Summerdale store.

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The boy and another teen walked into the takeout store at the corner of Summerdale Avenue and E Sanger Street just before midnight Monday, police said. The owner of Kenney's Place Beer told investigators one boy tried to buy beer then became angry and returned with another boy. The duo then started trashing the store after the owner asked them for identification and they refused to show it "because they were obviously underage," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
The owner said he then fired a shot into the air, police said.
The boy claimed the store owner chased him and the other boy down a nearby alleyway before opening fire. "(The boy) was suffering from a gunshot wound to each of his hands," Small said. It is possible the boy raised his hands to shield himself from the gunfire, police said.
The other boy ran away and hasn't been found.
The scene outside the store included debris littered across the sidewalk.
The 27-year-old owner cooperated with investigators, police said. Investigators hoped store video helps them determine whether the shooting was justified. Any charges remained pending Tuesday afternoon.
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