Reporting Derek Valcourt
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An armed robbery in a Northeast Baltimore convenience store turned violent when the suspects opened fire, shooting one of the store’s customers.
Derek Valcourt has more on the crime and who police are looking for.
Police say two gunmen shot a customer in the chest, then stole cigarettes and cash.
Police swarmed to the 5200-block of Harford Road after an armed robbery and shooting inside the Royal Farms store just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Inside, officers found a 46-year-old customer shot in the chest.
“When he was taken away by the medics, he was conscious and breathing,” said Detective Donny Moses, Baltimore Police.
Police say they are looking for two suspects. One of them carried a silver handgun. The men stole cigarettes and cash but police have yet to say what led them to shoot a customer.
There were others in the store at the time.
“There was one witness who actually helped the victim in this case. It was a traumatic incident; she kept her cool. She talked to the victim until the medic got here. She did a great job,” Moses said.
Luckily, that customer survived his gunshot wound and is expected to make a full recovery.
Customers were shocked by the news as police ask for the public’s help identifying the two robbers.
“There’s always people here, but you would think that kind of thing wouldn’t happen. The parking lot’s always full,” said Linda Brunner.
“That’s so sad. That’s so sad. I guess we need more police around here,” said Michelle Haywood.
Officials with Royal Farms refused to talk with WJZ about the robbery and would only say they are cooperating with police. The suspects were last seen running away into the neighborhood behind the store.
Anyone with information on the robbery suspects are urged to call Baltimore police or you can remain anonymous and earn some reward money by calling Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.