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Man shot and robbed of shopping bags by assailants at Galleria mall in Richmond Heights

Man shot and robbed of shopping bags by assailants at Galleria mall in Richmond Heights

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS — A man was shot and robbed of his shopping bags by two assailants Saturday in the parking garage of the St. Louis Galleria mall.

The man was taken to a hospital with a wound to his head, Richmond Heights police Capt. Jerry Rohr said.

His injury was a graze wound and Rohr said the man was released from the hospital later in the day.

The victim was in one of the stairwells of the parking garage carrying his bags about 11:45 a.m. when two men robbed him, Rohr said. One of the suspects fired twice at the victim.

The suspects were able to get away with the victim’s merchandise. Police did not have a description of the men to release Saturday, Rohr said.

Part of the garage was temporarily closed as police collected evidence, he said.

The mall has about two dozen uniformed security officers working there, and Richmond Heights has four officers assigned to the mall, Rohr said.

The mall was the scene of a controversial shooting earlier this year.

Police in August tried to tell an armed man named Terry Tillman that he could not carry his weapon inside the mall.

The 23-year-old Tillman ran and a Richmond Heights officer later fatally shot him after police said he turned and pointed his gun at officers in a nearby parking garage.

Protesters marched inside the mall last month on Black Friday chanting, “It’s our duty to fight for our freedom.”

Among the arguments by protesters was that Tillman never should have been pursued because Missouri law allows adults to carry firearms in public.

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