Baton Rouge, LA. Nov.1 2007 An armed man exchanged fire with a shopping center security guard Tuesday after a robbery at a store near the Southdowns neighborhood.
The man, with two lookouts, had just held up the Gameware store at 3151 College Drive, near Perkins Road, about 8:35 p.m., Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
While leaving the store, the robber spotted a private security guard and fired one shot at him but missed, police said. The guard returned fire, hitting the robber multiple times.
The robber, whose name was not reported, was taken to the hospital by EMS with life-threatening injuries, McKneely said.
His two accomplices fled in a green, older-model Pontiac, and police were still looking for them late Tuesday.
The Gameware store and most of the other shops and restaurants in the center were open when the robbery occurred.
The security guard, who also was not named Tuesday, was hired by business owners at the College Creek Shopping Center after an armed robbery of the Quiznos store in the same area in late August, said Quiznos employee Genie Johnson.
Johnson said she was standing outside the store Tuesday when she saw a man come around the corner and put on a ski mask.
She said she alerted the guard, who was inside the Quiznos, and he confronted the robber, who fired first.
Police were investigating whether this robbery was related to a recent string of similar robberies of fast-food restaurants, police Lt. Roger Tully said.