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Cellphone store manager shoots teen 'smash and grab' robber, deputies say

The robbery was reported at Computers 4 Less, in the area of Silver Star and Pine Hills roads, at about 5:30 p.m., Orange County deputies said.

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According to investigators, the teen entered the store with a rock, used it to break open the counter display and tried to steal several cellphones.

The manager, who was not identified, tried to stop the teen and after a struggle inside the store, he followed the teen outside and shot him, deputies said.

“(The teen was) literally hobbled,” witness Gabrielle Boozier said. “He couldn’t walk.”

The teen was somehow able to get away, deputies said.

As investigators searched for the robber, they received a call from a woman saying her son had been shot.

The teen was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said.

As of 10 p.m., investigators had not said if the teen was the same person involved in the attempted robbery at the cellphone store.

At some point during the incident, the store’s glass door was shattered, but deputies had not determined how it happened.

The store is across the street from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office mobile command unit, which was set up in Pine Hills to help curb crime in the area.

No customers were inside the store at the time of the attempted robbery, deputies said.

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