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Police shoot alleged serial robber near King of Prussia mall

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - There were some tense moments at the King of Prussia mall on Sunday as police opened fire on a suspected armed robber.

Police say the man is wanted in a string of crimes in Delaware and held up a woman at the mall on Saturday.

Upper Merion Police Chief Thomas Nolan said officers were called to a parking garage at the mall around 4:00 p.m. Sunday after hearing an armed robbery suspect from Saturday had returned.

"During that robbery the suspect jumped into the back seat of her vehicle, put a gun to her head and demanded her purse," said Nolan.

Police say the suspect is also accused in a string of recent armed robberies, carjackings and a kidnapping in Delaware.

They say he was driving the same stolen vehicle that he was in during Saturday's robbery.

When officers approached the suspect, he sped off.

"He was driving erratically through the crowded parking garage, he intentionally rammed two Upper Merion police cars and was attempting to run down officers from Upper Merion that were on foot," said Nolan.

Nolan said multiple officers then shot at the suspect.  It's not clear if the suspect shot at officers.

The suspect was taken to Paoli Hospital for treatment and his condition is unknown. No officers were injured in the shooting.

Shoppers and employees say they were shocked to hear about the incident.

"I've never heard of a shooting at this mall or anything violent happening," said mall employee Amanda Giordano.

"We never feel any kind of fear coming here," said Sandy Cunius, a shopper.

Per policy, the officers involved were placed on administrative leave. Police are not yet releasing the suspect's identity.

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