Employee fatally shoots man in robbery of city pharmacy Witnesses say 2nd robber may have been wounded

March 06, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

An employee of a West Baltimore pharmacy fatally shot a robber and may have wounded another last night during a robbery of the establishment, police said.

Maj. Steven McMahon, commander of the Central District, said two men, one with a handgun, entered the Penn-Dol Pharmacy at Pennsylvania Avenue and Dolphin Street about 6: 30 p.m., jumped over the counter and ordered a female employee to empty the cash register and place the money in a bag that one of them was carrying.

McMahon said a male employee doing paperwork in an office saw what was happening on the store's closed-circuit television system, got a large-caliber handgun, left the office and confronted the robbers.

The employee fired several shots, hitting one of the robbers in the left side, McMahon said.

Police are not sure if the employee and the robbers exchanged words before the shooting started, McMahon said.

"We don't know if the gunman fired any shots," he said.

Leaving the money, the men ran to the front door where the unarmed robber, who had been shot in the left side of the chest, fell dead, McMahon said.

The gunman ran outside. Witnesses told police he appeared to fall to the pavement before running south on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Police were checking area hospitals for anyone seeking treatment for a bullet wound.

The names of the dead robber and the employee who fired shoots were not immediately available.

Employees and customers in the pharmacy were taken to police headquarters for statements.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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