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Shop owner fights back

A Logan Square shop owner fought back when armed robbers entered his store, and it was all caught on video.

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Johnny talksĀ to Luis Quizhpe, the man who used a baseball bat to fight back at armed men attempting to rob his Logan Square store.


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Viewer discretion is advised. Surveillance video of two men shooting an employee at a Logan Square clothing store in the leg during a robbery attempt on April 9, 2013. The store clerk then beat the robbers with a baseball bat, before the two fled.

By Carlos Sadovi and Adam Sege
Tribune reporters

The two robbers may have figured Quizphe’s Gifts and Sports in Logan Square was an easy mark. Enter with a gun, leave with cash.

But waiting for them inside was a family who had been robbed before and had had enough. Luis Quizphe, 62, fended off the gunman with a baseball bat after getting shot in the ankle. The gunman kept firing but kept missing Quizphe, though he may have hit his partner during the mayhem, caught on surveillance video.

The robbers tried to run out of the store but were trapped by the locked door. That’s when Quizphe’s brother-in-law started jabbing at the robbers with an extension rod, then grabbed a stool and whipped it at the gunman. The robbers were finally able to get out the door just as the brother-in-law was coming after them with a fire extinguisher. He threw it at them as they ran down the street.

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