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Robbery suspect still in critical condition

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2001

ST. PETERSBURG -- Lorenzo Darlington, who was shot during a robbery attempt at a convenience store Friday, remained in critical condition Saturday at Bayfront Medical Center.

Police say he was shot after he entered the Food Max grocery store, 1400 18th Ave. S, waved a revolver and demanded money. As the man took the money and slightly lowered his weapon, the clerk removed a gun from behind the counter. The suspect went back toward the door as the clerk fired, witnesses said. Darlington, 20, was shot at least twice in the upper body, police said.

Police expect that Darlington will be charged with armed robbery when he is released from the hospital, spokesman Rick Stelljes said Saturday.

As for the clerk facing charges, Stelljes said, "The detectives are carefully examining witness statements and the evidence at the scene and will present that information to the state attorney's office for determination at a later time."

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