A FedEx driver shot by an armed robber on a Philadelphia street returned fire with his own gun, killing his attacker on Tuesday evening.
CBS3 in Philadelphia reports the driver was simply dropping off a package in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood when he was suddenly facing the business end of a handgun.
“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.
Police say the driver was shot once in the abdomen during the robbery. Police say as they were receiving calls about shots fired in the area, the FedEx driver was able to drive himself to a nearby parking lot away from the scene.
He was transported to Einstein Medical Center and is in stable condition.
He told police that after being shot in the stomach, he pulled out his own weapon and returned fire at the suspect.
“Initially, we did not know whether the perpetrator was struck by gunfire,” Small said.
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.
NBC in Philadelphia reports that investigators still have several questions, including whether or not the delivery driver was legally armed.
Police will also search through surveillance video from the multiple crime scenes. Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told NBC10 they will continue to interview the FedEx driver who is cooperating with the investigation.
“I don’t know if the FedEx driver has a valid permit to carry, but that’s definitely going to be part of the investigation,” Small said.
NBC10 reached out to FedEx to determine whether their employees are allowed to carry while on the job.
“We are not at liberty to disclose details of our internal policies,” a FedEx spokesperson wrote. “All further questions should be directed to law enforcement.”
FedEx may not be willing to talk about its policies regarding drivers carrying for self-defense, but the company has gone on the record as supporting bans on modern sporting rifles and “high capacity” ammunition magazines. Back in 2018, FedEx posted this on the company’s website in response to gun control activists who had targeted the company over the NRA’s participation in a program that allowed members to receive discounts on shipping.
FedEx Corporation’s positions on the issues of gun policy and safety differ from those of the National Rifle Association (NRA). FedEx opposes assault rifles being in the hands of civilians. While we strongly support the constitutional right of U.S. citizens to own firearms subject to appropriate background checks, FedEx views assault rifles and large capacity magazines as an inherent potential danger to schools, workplaces, and communities when such weapons are misused. We therefore support restricting them to the military. Most important, FedEx believes urgent action is required at the local, state, and Federal level to protect schools and students from incidents such as the horrific tragedy in Florida on February 14th.
That corporate message was delivered less than two weeks after the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We’ll see soon enough if the company’s anti-gun attitude extends to firing employees who save their lives by using a firearm in self-defense.