A would-be robber was carrying a BB gun when an employee shot him Friday morning at a South Side restaurant, according to a criminal complaint.
The incident was reported just before 8 a.m. at the Subway restaurant in the 2700 block of East Carson Street. Authorities said 47-year-old Calvin Leon Smith entered the Subway, showed what appeared to be a real gun and demanded money.
One of two Subway employees told officers that he had felt threatened and had fired several shots with a 9 mm Glock, striking Smith at least once in the chest.
“One of the employees who has a concealed-carry permit and has a firearm apparently felt threatened for him and the other employees in the store, and shot the actor at least once,” Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Emily Schaffer said.
A storefront window was broken during the incident, and Smith crawled out through the window, police said. A female employee who was hiding in a cooler told police she heard three shots, then she went out a back door and around to the front, where she saw Smith running away.
Smith fled down South 28th Street, where a man and woman in a Mercedes Benz picked him up, authorities said. The couple dropped Smith off at Allegheny General Hospital.
A state trooper in the area noticed the car parked in front of a home in the 800 block of Lovitt Way on Pittsburgh’s North Side, which then prompted a SWAT situation.