An armed robbery suspect is in custody after a shootout with a store owner Saturday.
Darvin Cannon faces several charges including attempted homicide and armed robbery after the 20-year-old man exchanged gunfire with the owner of Galle's Indian Fields Market, according to the City of Bridgeton Police Dept.
According to police, Cannon entered the store on the 400 block of Indian Ave. around 7:10 p.m. with a handgun and demanded money from 25-year-old Briana Hernon, who was working at the time.
Cannon then came across owner Domenic Galle, 58, and the two fired shots before the suspect fled on foot.
"I just feel blessed to be alive and I'm glad no one was seriously injured," Galle said.
Investigators say a few minutes after the exchange, someone dropped Cannon off at Inspira Hospital in Bridgeton.
He was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his head before police arrested him, according to Bridgeton Police Capt. Michael Gaimari.
"There have been a rash of recent armed robberies in commercial establishments in the past three weeks in the city and in the surrounding townships," he said. "And we were fearful an incident such as this was going to happen."
A shot grazed Galle's arm, but appeared to only hit his shirt, according to police. The clerk was uninjured, but taken to the hops ital for observation. No customers were in the store at the time.
"It is fortunate no one lost their life," Gaimari added.
Police say the store owner's handgun is legally registered.
Investigators are trying to determine if Cannon was involved in any other recent burglaries. But the suspect's mother says this seems out of character for her son.
"I think he was pushed to do it," said Rhonda Cannon.