An herbal store owner in Mattapan shot and wounded an alleged robber who had threatened him with a hammer last night.
Police said Raymond Sims, 47, is in serious condition at Boston Medical Center and is expected to survive after the shooting at Essential Body Herbs at 1282 Blue Hill Ave.
Sims is expected to be charged with armed robbery and being an armed career criminal, police said.
Sims was found in front of the store, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, about 7:05 p.m.
Suffolk District Daniel F. Conley's office is probing the incident along with Boston Police to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting and whether it was justified.
Police said the owner did have a license to carry the firearm. He was not injured.
According to a police statement, the store clerk told officers the suspect was wearing a hooded sweatshirt that was hiding his face. The clerk said the suspect entered the store, approached the counter and demanded money.
The clerk told police that the suspect reached into his jacket to suggest there was a firearm and he ran to the basement to tell the store owner.
The police report says the owner then went upstairs to confront the robber and several shots were fired.
The owner's name has not been released.
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