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IMPD: Clerk shoots suspect during armed robbery

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Police in Indianapolis are investigating after a person was shot on the near north side of Indianapolis Monday night.

It happened at 38th and Meridian streets shortly before 9 p.m. According to an IMPD spokesperson, the shooting stemmed from an attempted armed robbery at the Hang Time clothing store.

Police say a suspect entered the clothing store armed and wearing a mask. The robber, later identified as Carlos Brookins, 34, from Indianapolis, demanded money from the employee behind the register. They say the employee complied, and Brookins started to leave with cash.

But then, police say the employee tried to call 911, and Brookins approached the employee again.

That’s when they say another employee noticed what was going on and shot Brookins in the head.

Brookins was rushed to Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital Detention Center, where he remains in custody and in critical condition.

Police say no customers were inside the business during that time, and no one else was hurt. They say all witnesses are cooperating, and no one has been arrested.

This is an active investigation; if you have any information on the crime, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS or the IMPD Homicide office at 317-327-3475.