Shooting of two robbers shakes a street, and a city
The afternoon shooting stunned residents not for the violence but how it unfolded - and the mystery surrounding the shooter.One of the dead was Robert Decarr, 18 years old. And as expected:
As the two masked robbers fled Krick's store with money, cigarettes, and lottery tickets, they were confronted by the man, whom police describe only as a concerned citizen in his 40s with a military background and a license to carry a concealed weapon.
He ordered the bandits to stop. They pulled guns. He shot and killed both.
Berks County District Attorney John Adams reaffirmed Tuesday that his office would bring no charges against the man, or identify him out of concern for his safety.
But the prosecutor said the man was justified to kill the would-be bandits. "How foolish of them to try to rob this business in broad daylight," Adams said in an interview.
Nearby, friends and family members of DeCarr erected a makeshift vigil site with candles and posters sporting "Rest in Peace" and other handwritten messages.All that was missing was the expected comment about how he was just about to turn his life around, get a job and start working his way through medical school. The fact that this little hood pointed a gun at someone and threatened to kill him unless he turned over all of his money doesn't matter to these feral hood rats.
In an interview, DeCarr's sister, Taylor DeCarr, 20, said her brother was a "good kid" who "hung out with the wrong crowd." She said she had no idea why DeCarr robbed the store.
"He did not have to kill him," she said of the shooter. "He could have shot him in the leg. . . . They would have laid there till the cops got there.
But sometimes justice comes in the form of a good citizen in the right place at the right time with the right ammunition.
Kudos to the prosecutor for making the right call and not the easy, politically-correct one.