Two Shot for Refusing to Sell Cigars
A brother and sister are in stable condition today in a local hospital after they were shot at their family gas station for refusing to sell tobacco to two teenagers, police said.
Periklis Kanelis, 25, and his sister, Effie, 18, were shot at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Huntington Avenue Sunoco in the Roxbury section of the city during a dispute with two teenage boys who wanted to buy cigars, police said.
The siblings requested identification from the youths, which is required under state law. The minimum age to purchase tobacco in Massachusetts is 17, police said.
After they refused to sell the Philly Blunts to the two teenagers, Periklis and Effie Kanelis became involved in a dispute with the youths that ended when one of the teens pulled out a revolver and shot the brother in the chest and back and the sister in the right forearm and stomach, police said.
The injuries were not considered to be life threatening, police said.