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Robbery Suspect Hurt In Officer-Involved Shooting In Pico-Union Area

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A robbery suspect Saturday was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in the Pico-Union district near downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

The shooting occurred just before 2 a.m. outside a Subway store on Pico Boulevard near Albany Street.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reported that officers responded to an armed robbery call within three minutes and saw the suspect was leaving the store.

The suspect at one point allegedly made a threatening gesture at officers, prompting them to open fire.

“The suspect did not appear at this point to have fired but according to the officers, he did raise and point the weapons in their direction,” said LAPD Sgt. Rudy Lopez.

The suspect was struck multiple times and was taken to an area hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

No shots were fired inside the Subway store.

Customers, who inside the store eating at the time, told CBS2’s Joy Benedict they didn’t realize the store had been robbed.

“My girl said at the last minute, ‘Can we go home’ and I said, ‘OK.’ I started to get up and all I hear is three or four gunshots in a row. I don’t even look around. I just kind of go on top of her and protect her,” said C.K. Lamos, a Subway customer.

No officers were hurt.

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