PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — A 32-year-old concealed carrier is alive because he was carrying his gun while working, even though it could have been against company policy.
The incident happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday night, a night that should have been relatively quiet for the driver.
It should have been a routine delivery with the 32-year-old FedEx driver dropping off a package to a home in the area, but that’s when police say, an armed gunman approached and robbed the driver, perhaps not anticipating that the FedEx driver was also armed.
“He was able to tell police that he was making a delivery on the 600 block of Unruh and right when he got done making that delivery, he was approached by at least one male and he was robbed at point of gun,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.via cbslocal.com
Even before the driver could draw his firearm, the suspect shot him in the abdomen. Luckily, the driver was able to get to his firearm and pull the trigger to save his life.
Still conscious, the concealed carrying driver was able to hit the gas and get to a safe location. He was then taken to the hospital and is said to be in stable condition.
When speaking with police, he couldn’t say for sure as to whether or not he shot the suspect.
But police soon found out.
But minutes later, police were called to the 1400 block of Creston Street where they found a 27-year-old man in a driveway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, back and torso. The suspect died at the hospital.
A second suspect was found inside a nearby vehicle, and police were trying to determine that person’s connection to the case. If they turn out to be an additional suspect, they could be facing murder charges for the death of their fallen buddy.
In the end, this FedEx driver is likely still alive because he was able to fight fire with fire. Given the story, the suspect seems to have shot first without a care in the world. With that, there’s a very good chance that the suspect would have shot a few more times until the driver was dead.
This is why we carry, and this is why we support businesses who let their employees carry.
I’m pretty confident that FedEx has a ‘no guns’ policy while their employees are on the clock, although they seem to be taking the ‘no comment’ approach when asked.