A 78-year-old man thwarted an armed robbery in a Glen Burnie parking lot early Friday.

Anne Arundel County police responded to a report of shots fired shortly before 5 a.m. in the Lowe's lot in the 6600 block of Ritchie Highway, near Shelly Road.

The victim told officers that, while he was sitting in his car, a man approached him and demanded money. The victim said he had no money, exited the car and struck the suspect with the car door. The suspect fired from a handgun and shots struck the victim's vehicle.

The victim, who, police said, had a legitimate reason to be on the lot, was not injured. The suspect ran toward West Ordnance Road, police said. Several officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

Mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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