A man accused of shoplifting at a CVS in Baltimore on Friday morning was shot in the face after he attempted to stab a security guard with a syringe, police say.
The chaotic scene unfolded in the 600 block of Exeter Street in the affluent neighborhood of Harbor East.
Southeast District Patrol officers responded to the scene around 9:09 a.m. to investigate a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers spotted an unidentified man with a gunshot wound to his face. He was transported to an area “in critical condition”, police said.
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Investigators determined that the man had been observed stealing items from inside the store. The man had attempted to leave the store with the stolen merchandise and was confronted by a security guard, police said.
The man then pulled out a syringe and attempted to stab the security guard, who grabbed his gun and shot the would-be shoplifter in the face, police said.
A CVS spokesperson said no customers or employees were injured in the incident and the store was closed for the police investigation.
“The security guard involved in this incident is not employed by or for our store,” CVS said. “Our understanding is that the officer is with a community/neighbourhood guard service.”
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The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Southeast District Shooting Detectives at 410-396-2433.