An armored car robbery and shootout in Takoma Park ended Friday evening with an innocent man carjacked and then shot by the robbery suspects.
Police say the shooting victim was a resident on his way to work when he was carjacked by the two robbery suspects on Conway Avenue in Takoma Park.
The carjacking came after a wild shootout at a busy shopping center near the intersection of University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue.
Takoma Park Police say around 5 p.m., two armed and masked suspects attacked an armored car driver as he was making a delivery to a Cricket phone store on the 1300 block of University Boulevard East. They say the suspects opened fire and the armored car driver fired back at them.
"There was an exchange of gunfire between the guard and the suspect," says Takoma Park Police Chief Alan Goldberg. "They fled the scene in a vehicle which we believe was stolen."
No one in the shopping center was hit by the three bullets, but the shots shattered a window at the Cricket store and also hit several cars.
The suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from the armored car, then ditched their getaway car on Conway Avenue. It is a quiet residential neighborhood just blocks from the robbery scene.
The abandoned car was riddled with bullets. A window and a tire were shot out.
Police say the suspects then set their sights on an innocent man.
"They shot him, took his car and that car was subsequently recovered in D.C.," Chief Goldberg says.
The car was found set on fire and abandoned in an alley in the 5200 block of Kansas Avenue in Northwest D.C.
The shooting victim's condition isn't known.
The suspects were masked. Police say they were two black males in their early 20s. One was wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with information is being asked to call police.