Two young men were shot and killed after robbing a convenience store and being confronted by a concerned citizen with a gun.
William Medina, 24, along with Robert De Carr, 18, entered the Krick’s Korner store in Reading, Penn., armed and looking for money. The masked men robbed the store, and when they came outside, they were met by a man who police call a “concerned citizen.” That man saw the robbery take place and drew his gun when Medina and De Carr came outside. He shot the two young men in their chests, and both were killed. The concerned citizen will more than likely not be charged for the killings, as what he did was legal.
“These two men chose this store as their prize for the day, and it didn’t work out very well,” said Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams. “He told these individuals to stop, and ‘I’m calling the police,’ and that’s when these individuals drew their guns, and there was a scuffle. He used deadly force before deadly force may have been used on him. I think that this is an incident where the concerned citizen acted justifiably under the law.”
Another young man was arrested shortly after being identified as the getaway driver. Alexander Garcia-Bialek, 21, was charged on Tuesday with second-degree murder and conspiracy.
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The families of the two robbers that were killed are now looking for justice.
“[William] had no right to lose his life over something that man could have called the police for,” said Virginia Medina, William’s mother. “He took the law into his own hands and walked away scot-free.”
Medina’s cousin Peter Ratel agreed, asking, “How about if people just start running around here, policing the city on their own? How much worse is it going to get?”
Both families are apparently not happy with the fact that authorities are making the robbers out to be thugs, saying that the men were loving, family guys.
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“My brother was a good kid,” said Robert’s sister Taylor De Carr.
Still, police say that the man who shot and killed Medina and De Carr acted within his legal limits.
“He was put in a situation that none of us want to be put in,” said District Attorney Adams.
The incident, which occurred Monday night, is currently being investigated.