NORFOLK, Va. – Detectives have charged the man who was shot by an employee during an attempted robbery at a Norfolk MetroPCS store Monday afternoon.
23-year-old DeAndre Freeman of Norfolk has been charged with three counts of attempted robbery, two counts of attempted malicious wounding, seven counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, two counts of abduction and one count each of discharging a firearm in an occupied building and wearing a mask in public.
The call in reference to the armed robbery came in around 4 p.m. Monday.
According to an investigation, Freeman entered the store located at 3226 Cromwell Drive armed with a handgun and with his face covered. A MetroPCS employee shot Freeman during the attempted robbery.
Police found Freeman a short distance away from the store when they arrived. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.
Freeman was taken to the Norfolk City Jail to be held without bond. In court July 25, the following charges were certified to a grand jury:
- One count of attempted robbery;
- Four counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony;
- One count of wearing a mask in public;
- Two counts of attempted malicious wounding;
- One count of malicious shooting.
No one else was hurt during the incident.
Detectives say they recovered two guns from the scene: one from Freeman and the other from the store employee.