Would-be robber shot dead inside Philadelphia dollar store: Police

The store manager, who has a license to carry, shot the suspect at least one time in the head, police say.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police say a dollar store manager shot and killed an attempted robbery suspect on Thursday night.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. at the Dollar General located at 9th Street and Girard Avenue.

According to Philadelphia Police Inspector DF Pace, the 36-year-old male suspect walked into the store, announced a robbery and ordered the cashier to open the register.

That's when the worker got the manager's attention, which ultimately led to the shooting.

"The manager came over, attempted to talk to him. The suspect then said again, 'I have a gun, give me all your money,'" according to Pace.

The suspect then brandished a makeshift weapon -- it was in the shape of a gun and covered in plastic, police said.

The store manager, who has a license to carry, shot the suspect at least one time in the head, police said. He died at the scene.

No other injuries were reported.

"Fake gun, real gun, you're gonna assume it's a real gun, but that's a crazy story," said Raomel Morrison, of North Philadelphia.

Police are still investigating how many people were inside the store at the time of the shooting.

The store manager is not expected to be charged.

A similar incident happened earlier this week when a suspect tried to rob a man inside a smoke shop.
Police said the male suspect approached a 45-year-old man who was standing by an ATM inside the store. Within seconds, the customer was able to get a gun away from the suspect before shooting him several times.

The suspect died in the altercation. The victim was not injured.

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