As soft-on-crime prosecutors continue to take office in Democratic-controlled cities across the United States, law-abiding citizens are increasingly paying the price.
Evidence of unprovoked acts of violence have become commonplace on social media and local news outlets frequently chronicle brazen attacks that typically fail to achieve national attention unless they can serve a broader leftist narrative.
In some cases, however, violent criminals target the wrong victim — as was apparently the case when a pair of masked would-be robbers entered George’s Famous Pizzeria in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, over the weekend.
BREAKING IN PHILLY:
Two thugs attempted to rob a pizza store at gunpoint at around 8pm tonight in Philly
An employee at the pizza store pulled out his gun and shot the robbers. One of them was pronounced dead at the scene.
The second armed thug fled the pizza store and is… pic.twitter.com/jxuulMYYVw
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According to reports, one of the two men opened fire upon walking into the restaurant, but an employee was also carrying a gun and shot back, striking the suspect several times. After the critically injured suspect fell to the ground, his alleged accomplice fled the scene on foot.
About a half-hour after the incident, the suspect was pronounced dead.
“What I saw was a guy lying down on the ground — blood,” said local resident Bill Hackett. “The owner’s son said he had to shoot him because the guy was shooting at him. Said he had to shoot back in self-defense.”
As of the most recent updates available, law enforcement officers were still reviewing surveillance camera footage as part of their ongoing investigation and the identities of the two suspects had not been released.
Anti-gun activists in Philadelphia continue pushing for new Second Amendment restrictions in the city, but this incident appears to highlight the benefit of allowing citizens to defend themselves amid the skyrocketing crime rate.
Meanwhile, prosecutors from across the city and surrounding counties tout their efforts to release prisoners as part of their re-election platforms.
While some advocates for more lenient criminal justice policies have been able to cherry-pick crime data to show a modest decrease from recent highs, Ryan Hyde, a Republican who campaigned in Chester County’s district attorney election earlier this year, said Philadelphia’s problems are extending outside of the city limits.
“In the last few years, you’ve seen crime in Philadelphia starting to creep out more and more into the counties,” he said. “And it’s not just Philadelphia; it’s Wilmington. I talked to a narcotics [officer] the other day in Kennett Square, who told me most of the drugs in the lower part of the county are now coming up through Wilmington. And I know a lot of stuff is coming through Baltimore.”