Philadelphia gun range owner fatally shoots suspected burglar

A Philadelphia gun range owner fatally shot a suspected burglar inside his business early Tuesday, police said.

The 67-year-old owner told cops he spent the night at Firing Line Inc. on South Front Street after a recent attempted burglary at his business, CBS Philadelphia reports.

“He was inside of his gun shop overnight because someone had attempted to break in over the past few days,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told the station.

The owner, Greg Isabella, then opened fire with a Bushmaster M4 rifle, police told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

A group of four men used bolt cutters to cut a lock before forcing open a door to the gun range at about 4:15 a.m., police told CBS Philadelphia.

The suspects then proceeded to a second floor, where an armed Isabella was awaiting upon seeing them moments earlier on surveillance cameras, the station reports.

“One of the males pointed a gun at the owner, and that’s when the owner of the gun shop, who was in possession of one of his guns, fired several shots, striking the one male at least one time in the head,” Small said.

Paramedics later pronounced the man dead at the scene, while at least two or three other suspects fled the scene, Fox 29 Philadelphia reports.

Police believe another man who was being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to the shoulder shortly after the incident was also involved, but investigators are working to confirm that, the station reports.

Nothing was stolen during the incident, but a large pair of bolt cutters was recovered at the scene, police said.


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