Associated Press
Friday, August 14, 2020

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) - Two men were shot and wounded Friday afternoon while trying to rob a jewelry store at a Florida mall, authorities said.

The shooting occurred at the Pembroke Lakes Mall, according to a Pembroke Pines police news release. Officials said they believe no other people were involved in the shooting but were asking the public to avoid the area.

After the two men entered the jewelry store, one of the men began to smash the glass display cases while the other grabbed the exposed jewelry, police said. A store employee withdrew his concealed firearm and shot at both suspects, the release said.

Police officers responded and began to render immediate medical aid to both men. Rescue workers then transported the men to a local hospital. Police didn’t release the men’s names or say how badly they were wounded.

No other injuries were reported, and no charges have been filed against the store employee.

Pembroke Pines is a suburban community southwest of Fort Lauderdale.

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