Democratic lawmaker gets in shootout with robber near Pennsylvania Capitol
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A Pennsylvania legislator exchanged gunfire with a would-be robber who tried to mug him and another lawmaker near the statehouse, and four teenagers were arrested on Wednesday and charged with attempted homicide and other offenses.


Representative Marty Flynn, a Democrat from Scranton, fired two shots after the robber pointed his pistol at him and then at Representative Ryan Bizzarro, a Democrat from Erie, and demanded their wallets in the incident at about 11 p.m. on Tuesday, the House Democratic Caucus said in a statement on Wednesday.

The robber fired one shot, which prompted the return fire from Flynn, a former prison guard and mixed martial arts fighter, the caucus said.

No one is believed to have been injured, police said.

The gunfire broke out as the lawmakers returned from a late dinner at Second Street Restaurant to the apartment they share, not far from the statehouse.

City police arrested three teenagers a few blocks from the crime scene, and a fourth was arrested at home, police said.

They were charged as adults with criminal attempted homicide, conspiracy, robbery, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering a life, and carrying a firearm without a license, police said.

Police identified them as Jamani Ellison, 17, Jyair Leonard, 15, Derek Anderson, 17, and Zha-quan McGhee, 15.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Mohammad Zargham)