Store owner shoots man attempting a robbery

June 12, 2008|By Annie Linskey

The owner of the St. Paul Cleaners and Tailors in North Baltimore's Charles Village shot a man who attempted to rob the business yesterday afternoon, police said.

Police said the robber, armed with a knife, walked into the store about 1:45 p.m. and demanded money. Police spokesman Sterling Clifford said the owner, who was not identified, drew a gun and fired several times, striking the man in the hip, arm and hand.

Clifford said the robber staggered out of the store and demanded that a witness hail a cab for him, police said. Instead, the witness called 911.

The attempted holdup occurred in the 3100 block of St. Paul St., a popular hangout for students at the Johns Hopkins University.

Police said the wounded man was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.. Authorities said they expect the man to be charged with several offenses when he is released from the hospital. Police also say the man, who was not identified, may have been responsible for additional robberies in the area.

The owner of the store was not injured but was taken to Union Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

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