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Man shot while trying to rob security guard in Gardena, police say

A man was shot in Gardena on Saturday as he attempted to rob an off-duty security guard outside a mall, police said.

The guard, who was sitting in his car at parking lot of an outlet mall in the 2000 block of Rosecrans Avenue, was approached by the man around 6:30 p.m., said Sgt. Todd Fox of the Gardena Police Department.

Police said the man, who was unarmed, pretended to hold a gun and demanded the security guard's property.

The security guard, who was licensed to carry a gun, fired at the man in self-defense, Fox said. The man was hit once in the abdomen. He was taken to a local hospital, where he is in stable condition. The security guard suffered no injuries.

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-- Rick Rojas

 
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