Alleged shoplifter shot in the face after he tried to attack security guard with syringe in Baltimore

Alleged shoplifter shot in the face after he tried to attack security guard with syringe in Baltimore
An alleged shoplifter was reportedly shot in the face after he attempted to attack a security guard with a syringe (inset) at a pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland (Screenshots/CBS 13 WJZ News video)

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: A Maryland man was shot in the face after he attempted to attack a security guard with a syringe. The alleged shoplifter was shot in the face inside a Baltimore pharmacy on Friday morning, October 2, 2022. The alleged shoplifter has not yet been named by the police. Patrol officers for the Southeast District have confirmed that the incident took place in the Harbour East neighborhood's 600 block of Exeter Street. Officers were called to the scene at 9 am after hearing reports of a shooting nearby, but when they got there, they discovered a guy who had been shot in the face. Police reportedly discovered the unidentified man in critical condition.

According to the police, the individual was apprehended while attempting to flee the store with stolen merchandise. A security guard approached him as he tried to leave and made an effort to stop him. The security officer instantly drew out his gun and shot the suspect in the face after the suspect attempted to stab him with a syringe he had taken from his clothes, according to the police. The store said that no clients or employees were hurt in the event, and the incident is still under police investigation. According to a spokeswoman, the pharmacy will remain closed as long as the inquiry is underway.

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According to Mirror UK, the pharmacy said in a statement, "The security officer involved in this incident is not employed by or for our store. Our understanding is that the officer is with a guard service for the community and neighborhood."

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Meanwhile, anyone with information has been urged to contact Southeast District Shooting detectives at 410-396-2433. Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-866-7LOCK-UP. You can also anonymously text a tip by visiting the MCS of Maryland website.

The cops are yet to reveal more information on the incident as the probe is still underway. Meanwhile, the recent incident occurred as Baltimore recorded 587 non-fatal shootings in 2022, up from 579 at this time in 2021.

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A resident who lives near where the alleged incident took place told CBS News, "You've got to watch out and that's Baltimore for you, but you know what, we love the city and make it better.” "I probably have a false sense of security and just being comfortable with it. I do feel safe. Unfortunate events happen everywhere,” another resident added. 

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