Customer shot during robbery at Hamilton Royal Farms

A customer was shot Tuesday evening during a robbery at a Royal Farms on Harford Road near Echodale Avenue in Baltimore's Hamilton neighborhood.

Police say the two robbers fled on foot.

According to spokesman Det. Donny Moses, officers responded about 9:40 p.m. to reports of a shooting at the store. There, they found a 46-year-old man who had been shot in the chest.

He was conscious and breathing as medics took him to Johns Hopkins Hospital. As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Moses said the victim was hospitalized in good condition and, barring any setbacks, was scheduled for release later in the day.

According to witnesses, two seemingly masked men — one armed with a silver handgun — came in and announced a robbery, Moses said. They walked behind the counter and took cash and cigarettes; police did not yet know how much was stolen.

"At some point, their attention was turned toward our victim, a patron inside the store," Moses said. "It's unclear at this point what transpired, but the suspect was short in the upper torso."

The robbers then fled on foot behind the store.

Investigators released pictures of the suspects on Wednesday.

Several people — employees and customers — were in the store during the robbery, Moses said. He said the store had video surveillance, which was being checked by detectives as part of the investigation.

The bright, glass-fronted store shares its corner lot with one other business, a Papa Johns Pizza, which, in spite of the commotion, continued to draw customers and delivery drivers in and out of the parking lot Tuesday night.

"We didn't know nothing was going on until we saw the police officers," a Papa Johns Pizza employee said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP. Callers can remain anonymous.

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