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.
-- Rick Rojas