In a harrowing incident that unfolded in the bustling streets of Queens, New York, a man found himself facing a life-or-death situation when an armed suspect attempted to rob him.
Reacting swiftly and decisively, the intended victim turned the tables on his assailant, using a legally owned firearm to defend himself. The confrontation ultimately resulted in the suspect being fatally shot, according to authorities.
Officials say the shooting happened on 82nd Avenue in Kew Gardens at around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
The 32-year-old was armed with a knife and attempted to rob a 65-year-old, authorities said.
The 65-year-old ultimately shot the robber in the torso several times. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials say the man who shot him then called police and is cooperating. His gun was recovered at the scene, authorities said.
The 32-year-old had many prior arrests for robbery, burglary, drug possession, and other related charges.
The incident has reignited debates surrounding self-defense and gun control, sparking discussions on the rights and responsibilities of citizens in protecting themselves.
Law enforcement officials swiftly initiated an investigation into the incident. Witnesses were interviewed, and surveillance footage from nearby establishments was examined to piece together the sequence of events leading up to the shooting.
Authorities also conducted a thorough examination of the victim’s firearm, ensuring that it was legally owned and registered.