NYC shop owner with a concealed carry permit who shot a thief who was assaulting an employee faces up to 7 years in prison.

May 25, 2024 | Defensive Gun Use

NYC shop owner with a concealed carry permit faces seven years for unintentionally shooting a thief, Kevin Pullatasi, who was assaulting an employee for the second time. It was a defensive gun use, and the store owner should have been allowed to intentionally shoot the assailant. The Queens District Attorney, Melinda Katz, decided that the assailant was charged only with petty theft and not with assault. George Soros did not fund Katz. Instead, he supported Tiffany Cabán in the 2020 race.


The situation outside then turned violent when 20-year-old suspect Kevin Pullatasi charged at the liquor store door. He pushed the door against the store worker, who responds by waving his hand at him as a shouting match ensues, video shows. The store worker is the owner’s brother.


Pullatasi then walked away before dropping his bag and charging at the door again. Pullatasi can be seen on video trying to kick and punch the store worker.


That’s when store owner Valerio appears in the video and can be seen trying to pistol-whip Pullatasi, who then drops to the ground having been shot. Pullatasi then dragged himself against a car before Valerio went over to check on him.


Valerio has been charged with assault in the second and third degrees, reckless endangerment in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. The DA’s office says that Valerio has a concealed carry permit and that the gun was concealed in his rear waistband.


Pullatasi, who was treated in hospital for a gunshot wound, was charged with petit larceny, as was Edwin Poaquiza. They both have addresses in Brooklyn and prosecutors say they stole two bottles of liquor. . . .


Michael Dorgan, “NYC shop owner with concealed carry permit faces 7 years for inadvertently shooting would-be thief,” Fox News, May 25, 2024.



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