BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police are searching for two suspects who opened fire on officers after an early morning robbery turned into a wild shootout on the streets of downtown Baltimore.
The Baltimore Police Department released video that shows the suspects shooting at responding officers, who were just feet away.
“You can see the suspect has his gun aimed at three police officers…we are fortunate that none of them were shot,” said Baltmore PD spokesperson T.J. Smith.
Citiwatch camera monitors reported the robbery in progress just before 1:10 a.m. Tuesday, and officers responded to the 7-11 store at the intersection of N. Charles St. and Saratoga.
Police say they were focused on the store after it was robbed on Friday. Officers were on the scene within minutes, and came face-to-face with men who police say “did not have a care in the world.”
The masked crooks and officers were locked in a heated gun battle, with a barrage of bullets inside the store and along North Charles St.
“It’s an absolute blessing we don’t have officers shot,” Smith said.
Responding officers were fired upon by the two suspects after going through the store’s front door. The officers returned fire, and the suspects fled back into the store as the officers retreated back onto the street.
Even with the store surrounded, one of the suspects ducked out of the front door.
The other headed in the opposite direction.
Both are still on the run.
Police are confident they’ll find them soon.
Detectives are not saying if the duo was behind the previous robbery of the store on Friday, but they say this isn’t their first showdown with police.
“These don’t look like inexperienced criminals, they look like hardened criminals, they look like people we’ve likely dealt with before,” Smith said.
No officers were injured, and police do not know whether the suspects were shot. Officers are checking area hospitals to see if the suspects may have been shot.
The FBI and ATF are assisting Baltimore PD investigate this robbery, and both have offered $10,000 rewards for information in this case, bringing the total reward in this case to $24,000.
Anyone with information about this incident should call detectives at (410) 366-6341.