PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A store owner and a robbery suspect were shot during a struggle inside of a South Philadelphia corner store Monday afternoon, according to police. Neighbors say 48-year-old Toni Baez, the owner of the store, was shot and is in critical condition.
Philadelphia police say the shooting occurred just before 3:15 p.m. on the 1600 block of South 23rd Street.READ MORE: Family Members Identify 21-Year-Old Woman Killed After Disgruntled Patron Opened Fire In Northeast Philadelphia Bar As Jailene Holton
Police say two men entered the store and tried to hold up Baez. A struggle ensued and police say one of the suspects was shot during the incident.
The 27-year-old man was shot once in the chest and is in critical condition.READ MORE: Arson Suspect Arrested In Connection To Fire, Building Collapse That Killed Philadelphia Fire Lt. Sean Williamson
Police say Baez was shot once in the chest and was transported to Presbyterian Hospital and placed in critical condition. Residents of the area tell Eyewitness News the store was robbed a couple of weeks ago, and that he has only owned the location for about a year.
Police are still searching for the second robbery suspect, who is believed to have fled on foot.
Philadelphia Police Inspector Ray Evers says residents complain about the corner store because people convene outside.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: U.S. Health & Human Services Director Dr. Ala Stanford To Join Philly Health Officials Encouraging Parents To Get Children COVID-19 Vaccine
CBS3’s Kimberly Davis contributed to this report.