An unidentified burglary suspect was listed in critical condition today at Johns Hopkins Hospital after being shot by the owner of an East Baltimore service station who surprised two men inside the building last night, police said. The second man escaped.
Lt. Edward Schmitt of the Southeastern District said the owner of the Citgo service station in the 1900 block of Orleans St. was in the back of the building about 9 p.m. when he heard someone breaking his glass front door.
The owner lives in the rear of the station, police said. Picking up a .38-caliber revolver, the owner, whose name had not been released, entered the front of the station and confronted two men, one carrying a cash register.
Lieutenant Schmitt said the two men ran out a back door and down a small walkway behind the station when one of them reportedly turned around and faced the pursuing owner. The owner fired at least one shot, hitting the man in the chest, the officer said.
The second man continued running after dropping the cash register.
The wounded suspect ran for more than two blocks before falling in the 1900 block of E. Fayette St., where police found him.
Lieutenant Schmitt said the suspect lost consciousness at least once on the way to the hospital in an ambulance, but was revived and immediately taken into surgery.
No charges were placed against the station owner, pending a review of the incident by police and the state's attorney's office.