A liquor store employe was killed by a shotgun blast during a robbery at the store in Northeast Washington yesterday, and an owner of the store drew a revolver and shot and wounded a fleeing suspect, D.C. police reported.
A 10-year-old girl was cut by flying glass in the exchange of gunfire, police said.
According to investigators, a man with a sawed-off shotgun entered Sosnik's Liquor Store at 2318 4th St. NE about 3:30 p.m. and demanded money.
After money was placed in a bag, the gunman told a store employe: "That's not all of it," and climbed onto the counter and shot him in the head.
As the robber fled, the owner, identified as William Boker, picked up a revolver and fired five shots, detectives said.
They said three took effect, and a suspect ran some distance from the store and collapsed.
Police said Wayland Johnson, 27, of 2401 Third St. NE, was taken in critical condition to the MedStar unit of the Washington Hospital Center where he was placed under guard
Detectives said he was charged with homicide.
The slain store employe was identified as Horace Edward Smith, 34, of 704 4th St. NW.
The injured child, identified as Tara Stoney, was taken to Children's Hospital, where she was treated for head cuts and released.