A private security officer for a jewelry store at Mondawmin Mall fired at least one gunshot in the parking lot Sunday afternoon as he chased a man who allegedly stole a ring from the store, police said.
The suspect walked into RK & Co. Jewelers in the lower level of the mall and asked to see the ring, which he put on his finger, police said. After a brief conversation with a sales clerk, he took off running, police said.
The store security guard chased the man into the parking lot, where the man climbed into a waiting getaway car, police said. The security guard grabbed the door of the car, then saw the man reaching out of sight, possibly for a weapon, and fired at the vehicle as it drove away, police said.
The car got away, and no nearby hospitals reported any walk-in shooting victims matching the suspect's description, police said. No injuries were reported, police said.
Police did not provide a suspect or car description.
Officers responded at about 3:24 p.m. to calls for a larceny and a shooting at the mall, where they interviewed the security guard and reviewed his permit, which was compliant with regulations, police said. He was not arrested.
The security officer was a private security for the jewelry store, not a mall cop, police said.
RK & Co. Jewelers and the Mondawmin Mall corporate offices could not be reached for comment Sunday night.
Western District detectives are investigating, and anyone with information may call 410-396-2477.