West Oak Lane store owner in ‘extremely critical condition’ after violent robbery

According to NewsWorks content partner NBC Philadelphia, a 39-year-old store owner in West Oak Lane was shot by a masked robber during a violent confrontation around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The incident happened at the Super Chicken Grocery Store store on the 6900 block of Rodney Street, according to their report which stated a man wearing “a black ski mask walked into the store, went behind the counter and tried to take money from the register. The store owner began to struggle with the suspect, according to investigators. The suspect then allegedly shot the owner once in the chest and once in the right arm before fleeing the scene.”

NBC Philadelphia reported that the victim’s nephew identified him as Luis Espinal, a father of three children who was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center in “extremely critical condition.”

The shooter was described as a black male wearing a black mask, black jacket, dark-colored jeans and black sneakers with white soles. The shooting was caught on surveillance video, the station reported.

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