What started as an armed mugging quickly escalated to an assault of an elderly man by two thugs. But what happened next sent those thugs to the hospital and has neighbors calling the would-be victim a hero.
According to local media reports:
The wife told police one of the men asked her husband, “What are you looking at?” to which her husband replied, “What are you looking at?” The wife said both men then punched her husband and threw him to the ground and continued to beat him.
Two other witnesses also told police they heard the commotion, looked out their window and saw the two men beating the 65-year-old. Another witness who was walking by at the time told police the two men were standing over the 65-year-old and repeatedly kicking him.
The 65-year-old man took out a .45 caliber pistol and opened fire striking the 21-year-old in the shoulder and the 20-year-old in the stomach. The two men were taken to Jefferson Hospital where they are both in stable condition.
The 65-year-old suffered bruises to his face, head and chest. He was taken to Methodist Hospital where he was treated and released. The man’s wife was not hurt during the incident.
Neighbors applauded the man for protecting himself and his wife.
“Good for him that he knew how to protect himself,” he said. “It could go any other way, the other side and he could get hurt or his wife. It’s shocking to hear these kinds of things. You know I’ve been here for 30 years,” said Gilly Aroshas.
Police, on the other hand, seemed to think it was pure luck that anyone could defend themselves with a handgun.
“In any kind of situation like that, I mean the only appropriate amount of force would be to stop the aggressors,” said Philadelphia Police Lieutenant John Stanford. “You can’t become the aggressor. This man is very lucky he was able to defend himself and defend his wife because we don’t know. We don’t know if he didn’t have a firearm, we don’t know what we may have been talking about at this point in time.”