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Robbery suspect shot at South Boulevard mattress store

By Ames Alexander
aalexander@charlotteobserver.com

Police say one man’s robbery attempt landed him in the hospital with a bullet wound in his stomach.

An employee at a South Boulevard mattress store was reportedly confronted by two would-be robbers, then shot one of them, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say.

The shooting happened at about 2:30 p.m. at the Wholesale Mattress Warehouse on the 7100 block of South Boulevard.

The injured robbery suspect was transported to Carolinas Medical Center.

“He’s coming out of surgery, and he’s going to be OK,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. G. Farley said.

WSOC-TV (Channel 9) interviewed the store owner’s wife, who gave this version of events:

She said her husband was inside the store when the attempted robbery happened. A man put a gun in her husband’s face, demanded his cellphone and any money in the store, and threatened to kill him if he did not comply.

Then, the woman said, her husband turned around, pretending to get money, but instead pulled out a gun and shot one of the suspects. The suspect fired back but didn’t hit him, she said.

Police have not yet filed any charges or released the names of the men involved. But the shooter is cooperating with investigators, police said.

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