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Henry Joel had just picked up some Chinese takeout in North Philadelphia on the night of March 2 when he was accosted by two armed men. Then he did a bit of taking-out of his own.
Now, the concealed carrier is speaking out about those who want to be “gangsters now or whatever,” warning them a life of crime “will put you in the ground” — even if Joel didn’t.
According to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, the incident occurred around 11:15 p.m. After Joel picked up his food, two armed men emerged from a breezeway and declared they were robbing himl.
The 71-year-old Joel, however, was having none of it — and it turned out the robbers’ mark wasn’t the easy money they thought he was.
Joel proceeded to pull out his revolver and exchange gunfire with the two would-be robbers, who fled the scene.
Police said Joel was struck once in the ankle during the shootout. He was taken to Temple University Hospital in stable condition but is expected to make a full recovery.
“Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said they know the suspects fired at least two shots because investigators found spent shell casings on the sidewalk and in the breezeway. Small said the victim’s revolver would not expel spent shell casings,” WPVI reported.
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