Deli Customers Tackle Armed Gunman Trying to Rob Man

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013  |  Updated 8:41 PM EDT
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Two deli customers helped tackle and disarm a gunman trying to rob a Newburgh, N.Y. man outside the store on Tuesday evening, police said.  John Noel reports.

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Two deli customers helped tackle and disarm a gunman trying to rob a Newburgh, N.Y. man outside the store on Tuesday evening, police said. John Noel reports.

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Two deli customers helped tackle and disarm a gunman trying to rob a Newburgh, N.Y. man outside the store on Tuesday evening, police said.
 
Newburgh Police said the 21-year-old robbery victim was outside South Side Deli on Liberty Street at about 6:20 p.m. when a man carrying a .45-caliber Colt semi-automatic handgun and wearing a bandana over his face approached him and demanded money.

 
The victim ran into the deli and said he was being robbed, and the gunman followed. The two got into a physical struggle, and a deli customer stepped in to help the victim.
 
A shot was fired in the struggle; another deli customer heard the shot, saw the struggle and also joined in to help the victim.
 
Police say more shots were fired as the struggle moved outside the deli, where the two customers were able to get the gun away from the suspect.
 
But they didn't stop there. As a police officer arrived, the gunman attempted to flee, but they tackled him.
 
The robbery victim was shot in both legs, and is expected to recover. One of the customers was treated for a hand injury.
 
The suspect is charged with first-degree assault, first-degree attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

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