Willoughby Mariano | Sentinel Staff Writer
11:20 PM EST, December 23, 2008
A gun battle in the parking lot of a busy Orlando mall Tuesday night left a suspected mugger wounded and his victim shaken.
The attack took place about 8:30 p.m. at the Fashion Square Mall in the 3200 block of East Colonial Drive as the area was bustling with holiday shoppers, Lt. Todd Pursley said. A woman got off a bus at a stop near the Bank of America and was walking across the mall parking lot when three men -- one armed with a handgun -- tried to rob her, Pursley said.
A passer-by noticed the attack and drew his gun, Pursley said. That man exchanged gunfire with one of the muggers.
The suspects ran south across East Colonial Drive to Herndon Plaza shopping center, where they scattered in different directions, Pursley said. Officers caught one of them with the help of a police dog. He hid by lying on the ground in the dark.
The suspect was wounded, but didn't realize it until police caught him.
"He stood up and he was covered in blood," Pursley said. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The suspect's injuries were not life-threatening. The two remaining suspects remained on the loose Tuesday night.
The mugging victim was not injured, Pursley said. No names were released.