Saturday, December 24, 2005

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

From the December 24, 2005 Philadelphia Daily News:
A Philadelphia Gas Works field worker shot and wounded one of two teenagers who held him up at gunpoint in Southwest Philadelphia yesterday, police said.

The veteran PGW worker gave up his wallet and cash to the teens, police said, but decided to reach for his own weapon after he saw one of the teens "cock back the hammer of the gun."

The PGW worker managed to quickly fish his own gun out of his jacket.

"He fired three shots," said police Lt. John Walker. One of the shots struck one of the 17-year olds in the leg, but he managed to flee with his companion.

Roofers working nearby told police which direction the youths ran in, and two suspects were soon arrested.

The teen who was shot was admitted to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was listed in stable condition.

Police didn't release the names of the suspects, who are juveniles, or the name of the PGW employee, who had a permit for his weapon.


PGW spokesman Doug Oliver said company policy prohibits employees from having "unauthorized weapons" at any PGW work area.

While Oliver said it appears the employee violated the policy, officials don't plan to address that issue right away.

"Our first concern is with our employee," Oliver said. "This was a very traumatic experience. It's not every day you find yourself in a position where you feel like your life is about to end."

No comments:

Post a Comment