A hungry man drove himself to the emergency room after being shot while grabbing the barrel of a gun during a fast food drive-thru robbery across the street from a police station.
The victim was picking up food in the drive-thru lane of the Wendy’s at N Broad Street and Champlost Avenue in the Fern Rock neighborhood late Monday night when a man with a scruffy beard, toting what appeared to be a rifle approached the driver’s side window and announced a robbery, Philadelphia police said.
"The 57-year-old victim gave up $7 and then the victim grabbed the barrel of the rifle, that's when the perpetrator fired one shot, striking the victim in his hand," Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
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The victim then drove about four block to Einstein Medical Center where he reported the shooting to police around 11:30 p.m., Small said.
Doctors couldn’t determine if the victim was shot by a rifle or pellet gun, Small said. The victim was listed in stable condition.
Small called the robber "brazen" considering the incident played out across the street from the 35th District police station.
"This individual either did not know the police station is there or didn't care," Small said.
Wendy’s private surveillance cameras captured the robbery, investigators said. The gunman ran off onto Champlost.