ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – The manager of an I-Mobile store at 5001 Union Boulevard in north St. Louis stopped a burglary on Friday, shooting and wounding one of three suspects who were attempting to steal mobile phones.
According to investigators, the manager said three suspects in two vehicles, a green Mitsubishi Diamante and a blue Jeep Cherokee, pulled onto the parking lot. The driver of the Diamante drove into the front door of the store, damaging it.
Two suspects exited the Diamante and a third exited the Cherokee and began looting the store by smashing glass displays and filling bags with cell phones.
After the store manager began shooting, the suspects dropped the bags and ran from the store on Lillian. About an hour after the shooting, police responded to the 5300 block of Claxton for a report of a shooting, but upon arriving, it was discovered the person shot was one of the suspects involved in the robbery. The suspect, later identified as Domonique Moreland, 26, was suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder, caused by the owner of the business during the robbery.
Moreland was taken to a local hospital where he is listed as stable. The other two suspects have not been found by police. Investigators also learned the vehicles used in the robbery were stolen. The cell phones were recovered.
Moreland is charged with Burglary and Theft. He was booked into jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
The store owner says this is the third robbery he has had since he opened for business six months ago. "They were so fast. [It] wasn't five seconds. They were here, broke all the show cases and started putting phones in their bags and their clothes," the owner said. "I shot at them and they ran out."
The investigation is ongoing.