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Baltimore grocery store security guard shoots and kills a man, wounds a woman after altercation, police say

Baltimore police say a grocery store armed security guard shot two people — killing one — after an altercation Tuesday afternoon.

“I just took cover and waited for someone to say something,” said Odera Odunze, who works as a pharmacy technician. “All I heard after was just screams throughout the whole store. It was awful.”

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Odunze had been working at the time when he heard about three gunshots. He said he brought the customers who were waiting to be served into the pharmacy area with the two pharmacists until the group of five were instructed to evacuate about 10 minutes later.

The Pikesville resident said he didn’t know the security guard on duty and that he didn’t notice anything unusual before the shooting.

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“I was really, really, really freaked out,” Odunze said. “It’s not the first time I’ve heard gunfire but to hear it at your workplace? Nobody wants that.”

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s mother was working at the Giant when the shooting happened, according to the mayor’s office.

“She is home and doing OK, but is a bit shaken,” the office said.

The shooting occurred at the Giant Food supermarket in the 6600 block of Reisterstown Road in Northwest Baltimore around 4:37 p.m., police said in a news release.

Both victims, a man and a woman, were taken to a hospital where the man was pronounced dead, police said. The woman suffered a gunshot wound to her hand.

Felismina Andrade, director of external communications community relations at Giant, said the grocery store chain is “cooperating fully with law enforcement.” She declined to comment further citing the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide detectives, at 410-396-2100.

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