Pennsylvania Rep. Marty Flynn exchanged gunfire Tuesday with four teenagers trying to rob him and another legislator, and although no one was hurt, the teens were all arrested and face attempted murder and robbery charges.
Flynn, who is a former prison guard and mixed martial arts fighter, was walking with Rep. Ryan Bizzarro when the group approached and demanded their wallets, the House Democratic Caucus said in a statement.
Harrisburg police Sgt. Gabriel Olivera said it was unclear who shot first. “Guns were drawn and shots fired," he said, according to Reuters.
"It happened almost simultaneously.”
Flynn did not break any laws, Olivera told Reuters.
"At that moment he saw that I pulled the gun, it was like he shot at Bizzarro, I shot at him, I shot at him again," Flynn told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
. "It was just like a blur to me. It was so quick."
The four teenagers arrested were Jamani Ellison, 17, Jyair Leonard, 15, Derek Anderson, 17, and Zha-quan McGhee, 15, Reuters said.
The situation occurred a day after three state campaign workers were robbed at gunpoint of their wallets and computers. The he four teens are suspects in that crime.
“I’m very concerned about the safety in downtown Harrisburg,” Sen. Rich Alloway told the Post-Gazette. “I have to tell you, I do not carry a firearm, but I’m going to. I’m actually going to go get a permit and I’m going to start carrying. This is crazy what’s going on.”
The shooting generated a lot of online comments.
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