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An elderly man in North Philadelphia was attacked by two armed thugs late Thursday, but fought back in order to save himself.
According to local outlet WPVI-TV, the 71-year-old man was walking home after picking up Chinese takeout around 11:15 pm when two armed men emerged from the breezeway and said that they were robbing him.
The elderly man pulled out a gun and exchanged gunfire with the suspects. The exchange left the victim with a wound in the ankle, and he was rushed by police to a local hospital. The suspects fled on foot.
Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said in a statement that the victim fired multiple shots during his altercation with the two suspects.
“We do know that the 71-year-old victim fired multiple shots,” he said. “Unknown at this time if he struck any of these two perpetrators, but we’re checking area hospitals at this time.”
Renee Dixon, who lives in the neighborhood where this occurred, told WPVI-TV that she knows the man who was shot and says she is angry about it.
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