A robbery suspect is under arrest after allegedly being shot by a bakery employee on Tuesday morning in the south end of Hartford.
Officers received a report of a shooting victim at the Barranquitas Mini Bakery at 262 Franklin Ave. just before 8:30 a.m.
Deputy Chief Brian Foley said that a bakery staff member shot the suspected thief, who was later identified as 36-year-old Marcus Torres, after a struggle over a tip jar, which had been sitting on a counter.
Barranquitas owner Frankie Barreto told Eyewitness News that the jar was bolted to the counter because it had been stolen once before.
"We feel lucky because this area is really bad, but there is nothing we can do," said Barreto, who was inside bakery, which is known for donating leftover food to the homeless, at the time of the shooting.
The unidentified employee chased the suspect outside. That's when police said Torres was shot in the right leg. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to Foley.
Police said based on eyewitness statements, the employee thought Torres had a weapon and after the suspect made a motion as if he was removing a firearm from his waistband, the employee shot him.
After talking with investigators, Torres was charged with criminal attempt at first-degree robbery and third-degree assault. Torres, who has been treated and released from the hospital, is being held on $100,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned at Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday.
No other injuries were reported to police.
Police said the shooter had a valid gun permit.
The Hartford Police Department's major crimes division responded to the scene. Officers were scene swarming the building for hours.
“This time, everywhere in Hartford have a lot of robberies lately, so I guess we were the next one," said an employee, who wanted only to be identified as Jessica.
With the recent string of violence in Hartford, workers said they did what they had to do.
“That's why we had to protect ourselves," Jessica said.
Police said the investigation into the shooting is "ongoing."
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