Police: Bar owner shoots woman he claims attacked him

A West Philadelphia bar owner shot a woman early Saturday after she allegedly attacked him inside his own establishment.

Officers responded to the 601 Bar, located at 601 N. 56th St., shortly before 3 a.m. for a report of a man being assaulted by a woman, police said.

They were met by the bar's 71-year-old owner. He told investigators he was armed with a handgun, had a permit to carry and had just shot a woman who was assaulting him, police said.

Medics took the woman, 33, to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was listed in stable condition with a graze wound to her right thigh.

The bar owner was taken to Mercy Philadelphia Hospital for the treatment of bruises, including several human bites, he suffered during the alleged attack, police said.

No charges had yet been filed Saturday. An investigation remained ongoing with police.


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